All this we can learn from so in the future we won’t make the same mistakes as we did during the witch trials. Just as Abigale lied and sought revenge on John by announcing that she saw Elisabeth working with the devil. As well as not picking her over Elizabeth after their affair. Another good example from the Salem Witch Trials would be Goody Putman calling witch on Rebecca for supposedly sending out her soul to kill all of but one of Goody Putman’s baby’s before they were a day old.
but she also blames John Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth. Abigail goes to Proctor and begs for him back and also confesses to the accusations being false. Many people start going to court and confess to signing their souls over to the devil. Proctor, to save his wife’s life, tells the truth but the court does not believe him and he is hung. The Crucible does a great job in showing the prejudice and hypocrisy in real life events.
Instead of interrogating Abigail, he is silenced by her which most likely shows that he has accepted her demand of not being judged. At this point, there is a flip in power dynamics at the witchcraft trials, Abigail has overpowered Danforth in courtroom. Judge Danforth an honorable Judge of the supreme court has easily been dominated by a seventeen-year-old Abigail, proving that he is gullible to her lies. Lastly, right after the Andover witchcraft trial revolt, Abigail runs away and also steals Reverend Parris’s money (The crucible). The sheer act of fleeing away shows a sign of guilt and fear of punishment along with her act of stealing Reverend Parris’s money clearly speaks a lot about the criminal character of Abigail Williams.
Using dramatic irony, Miller illustrates moral ambiguity in the play through Abigail William’s “holy” accusations of witchcraft against the innocent when she in fact “drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor” (Miller, The Crucible, pages 17 & 26). Conversely, a less direct approach is taken by Zinnemann to accentuate the townsfolk’s moral ambiguity by contrasting it with his film’s deep-focus black-and-white cinematography. In The Crucible, the audience is aware of Abigail’s false accusations in preventing herself from being exposed as a “whore” (97). However, her “sin” (30) is ironically interpreted by the judges as “infinite charity” (104) whereas “good souls” (40) like Rebecca Nurse are wrongfully “hanged” (113), which causes frustration for the audience about the injustice caused by moral ambiguity. In contrast to this ethical uncertainty, the juxtaposition of light and dark in High Noon starkly
This portrait, however, is somewhat flawed as it appears that in Ann’s case at least, the parents of the afflicted must have a strong influence with the child, as did the other adult accusers. Initially, Ann was fed names by her parents and minister”(-Minerdescent). The girls that were tricked into believing that the accused were guilty were most likely convinced that this was pious and that God wanted them to accuse the innocent. Or the girls might be influenced by their religion, reverends, and ministers. “These evil spirits are all around….
Occasion’s Effect The Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism are very similar even though they took place such a long time from each other. If someone was accused of witchcraft in 1692 they had to confess and lose all social standing or be executed, in the 1950’s if a person was accused of being a communist they would be fired and put on trial, if they would not confess they were blacklisted until they admitted to their “crime”. Arthur Miller used the Salem Witch trials to protest McCarthyism in a somewhat discreet way that proved to be a timeless comfort to the citizens experiencing oppression from their government (“Why I Wrote The Crucible”, 911).
and I’ll burn in hell long enough for that. I stand mute,” (Miller 90). Giles is deliberately defying the court and therefore is arrested for his actions. This is an intense scene in the storyline because his defiance protects the life of an innocent man. Giles represents goodness through his silence, which the reader hopes can lead to a
It all started with Abigail and Betty lying to stay out of trouble. Then, Tituba and the girls accused innocent people of witchcraft because they could. Finally, John Proctor takes pride in his faith and honor and is hanged for not signing his name to a lie. Every decision made in Salem after the witch hunts started depended on truth versus lies because if they told the truth, they would die and if the lied they would live. This essay proves the development of the theme truth versus lies in the crucible by stating three major events in the play where truth versus lies depends on what the results are.
Elizabeth’s loyalty and sympathy are portrayed when she attempts to save her husband’s reputation by lying about his affair. She also proves her loyalty to Proctor, telling a lie to try and protect him although this sadly makes things worse for him. She was determined in what she believed. Elizabeth stated this about witchcraft to Hale “ I cannot think the Devil may own a women’s soul, Mr. Hale, when she keeps an upright way, as I have. I am a good women, I know it; and if you believe I may do only good work in the world, and yet be secretly bound in Satan, then I must tell you, sir, I do not believe it”.
Ewell would lie about the occurrence between Mayella and Tom. One of the first reasons Mr. Ewell would lie is he is the one who hurt his daughter. In the novel Atticus was trying to prove to the jury that it is possible that Mr. Ewell beat up his daughter. Scout says to herself, “… Atticus was trying to show, it seemed to me, that Mr. Ewell could have beaten up Mayella.”(Lee
As more things are revealed in the play Proctor is able to see what is going on. This allows the readers to known that in a dramatic event of time one 's true self is shown. In Act IV which is the end of the play, in order for Proctor to save his life he must confess that he saw the devil. This is one of the most dramatic scenes in the play. Judge Danforth tells Proctor, that he must sign the paper of confession for proof to the people that he has confessed, and that it will be hanged on the church wall.
Interestingly, the show presents women, both in jail and not, to often be innocent victims doomed by circumstances. Inmates Alex and Piper blame men for “forcing” them into the drug and money trafficking business and eventually in jail. Piper’s friend, Polly, uses her innocence from having a bad husband to justify her affair with Piper’s boyfriend Larry. However, men still receive all of the blame and are presented to be the real “bad guys” of the show. Worth noting is that this show passes the Bechdel Test without hitting you over the head with
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.
This goes for Judge Danforth, too. He worries more about his reputation as a judge that he is willing to hang innocent people in the community. For example, when John Proctor confesses his affair with Abigail and how she hopes to take Elizabeth’s place, Danforth purposely chooses not to believe Proctor. He, even, says, “She [Elizabeth] spoke nothing of lechery, and this man has lied,” (Miller 114) without holding further investigation of the confession! Danforth believes Abigail and the girls because he does not want to publically admit he was deceived by them, for it will harm his reputation.