The Crucible: Revenge At It's Best

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Revenge At It’s Best “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”- Anonymous. As a matter of fact, the person who stated this quote just described the whole reason why the witchcraft trials started. Revenge is like a bug that you can’t get rid of that comes back continuously. In this case, revenge should never be an option, but unfortunately it is used very often in ¨The Crucible.¨ Abigail’s revenge against Elizabeth Proctor was cold and evil. For example, Abigail makes Mary Warren give Elizabeth a poppet that was used to stab Abigail. In act #2, Mary Warren says to Elizabeth, “I made a gift for you today Goody Proctor. I had to sit long hours in a chair, and passed the time with sewing.” Abigail framed Elizabeth to get her in jail. To better explain,…show more content…
For instance, she wants to get back at Rebecca out of jealousy because she delivered healthy children who survived. All of Ann Putnam’s eight children died. The only one who survived was Ruth. For this reason, Ann Putnam accuses Rebecca of using witchcraft to kill her eight children. Thomas Putnam also uses revenge just like his wife, but for greedy reasons. To clarify, Thomas Putnam uses the witchcraft trials to get the land back that he thinks is rightfully his. In act #1 Thomas Putnam says, “He had no right to sell it. It stands clear in my grandfather’s will that all the land between the river and-.” For example, he uses revenge against the other men in Salem to get their land and become wealthier. He accused the citizens of Salem of putting spells on Ruth which resulted in her being “sick”. In conclusion revenge played a major part in the deaths of citizens from Salem. These revenge seekers in “The Crucible” were driven by jealousy and wanted closure to feel better about themselves. The people who were accused of witchcraft were victims of revenge and deceit. In addition revenge is something that will always be around because of greedy, vicious people. As stated before,“Revenge is a dish best served cold.” Overall, the trials should make us be thankful that we don’t have a court system that is based off of religion, but on
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