Tituba initially denied having any involvement in witchcraft, but was eventually beaten by the brutal Samuel Parris. Seeking the truth, Parris’ lashings provoked an emotional confession from a remorseful slave. Tituba conceded her involvement in rituals, however, made plenty of accusations of her own in her confession. The Barbadian even hinted about the devil’s presence in the village. When pressed to give names of
Miller wrote stream on the practice of witchcraft, which was something strictly forbidden in America in the 1690s. Arthur Miller introduces a black character who is harshly accused of deeds linked with the Devil which she has basically nothing to do with. Although the novel reflects the period, Tituba is not characterized simply as a witch but more especially is portrayed as a black slave. Although, Tituba is not the protagonist of the play, she is blamed for witchcraft rituals that make her feared by the people around her. Because she feel the ‘others’ as danger, this leads to an urge to confront it or flee from it.
Dana is distancing herself from being a slave doesn’t feel that she could ever be subjected to it like Alice was. She uses pronouns like “her” to describe a slave to show that she will be associated with one. Rufus no longer understands the difference between friend and master at the loss of Alice. Dana was able to make the selfish decision of killing Rufus, rather than submitting herself, for the good of herself, not the good of anyone else. She could not stand to become like Alice, a slave at the hands of a master; thus, her determination to escape stemmed from her will to remain independent.
To demonstrate, in Act One of The Crucible, Tituba, a Barbados slave to Reverend Parris, was falsely accused of leading the girls of the play in witchcraft, but deliberately defended herself by stating that “I do believe somebody else be witchin these children”(Pg. 42, Miller). In other words, because Tituba was under the false accusations of witchcraft, she was forced to blame other people of the village as well in order to save her own life. Therefore, because all the villagers, especially Mr. Hale, another important character of the play, accused Tituba in a forceful manner, she was forced to take decisive action due to her society’s daunting influence in order to save her own life. The society of the Puritans had a strong influence on the actions of numerous individuals due to two key components.
However, in Act Three Abigail is brought into the courtroom, along with the other girls, by Danforth to be questioned about what Mary Warren had said about them all lying. She denies that she has lied about the supernatural torture she’s been through, confirming that Mary is lying and appears it had insulted Danforth when he asks her if she’s sure it 's not all imagined. In the middle of Danforth doubting her, Abigail suddenly seems to go into a trance. She is trying turn all the attention from her and John onto Mary so she won’t get exposed or in trouble. She is also doing this as revenge of Mary for turning on her and the girls, so she wants her killed for it.
And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of the night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you” (1097).In this quotation Abigail is lying out how she want the story to be. If one if the girls said otherwise she threatened to kill them. This means that they were doing more than just dancing. She doesn't want to get hurt so she made a fake story.Another reason she is responsible is she is willing to do anything to get what she wants.
Abigail Williams’s intentions when she dabbles in witchcraft are anything but innocent, as she is trying to kill Elizabeth Proctor after she was fired from the house when she learned about the affair with John and Abigail. However, after suspicions arise that she is a witch, she coerces the court into thinking several people of were witches to alleviate the blame from her. She paints herself as a worried, innocent girl who just wants to rid the town of evil, when on the inside she is dogmatic and manipulative, which causes her to indirectly sentence about twenty people to death. Her ruse starts when she needs to distract the people from her own iniquity and she spouts out a stream of accusations: “I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil!
In The Crucible, John Proctor is seen as a tragic hero. His wife Elizabeth was accused of witchcraft by the young girls which meant that she would be arrested and most likely hanged. John Proctor had make mistakes in the past such as cheating on his wife which led him to make the ultimate sacrifice for his family and his name. John Proctor confesses to being a witch as he knows it is the only way he can save his wife Elizabeth from being arrested and killed. Proctor is seen as a tragic hero because he decides to not sign his confession as it would
In “Half Hanged Mary” the town hangs a woman called by Mary Webster for witchcraft. “Under stress, a society will always scapegoat a person or a group of people” in hopes to get rid of a huge issue at stake, not thinking of the damages of the people not associated with the problem. A presentable text to justify this statement is The Crucible by Arthur Miller. In this story a small village in Salem, Massachusetts has a scare of witchcraft. Instead of taking the
Murder of Macduff’s family and Banquo has weigh heavily on lady Macbeth mind and become mentally ill and no doctor can cure her. Macbeth believe and fall for the witches which made him think that no one can harm him. "I bear a charmed life, which must not yield and to one of woman born" (5.8.12-13). As Macbeth and Macduff are fighting each other, Macbeth tells him to leave, for he does not want the blood of another Macduff on his hands. Macduff refuses and charges at Macbeth.
People thought for certain that if the Reverend was standing with the girls against the so called “evil witches” that there must be a real problem. Parris even made a statement that the witches were plotting against Christianity, which made sense if the witches were indeed working for the Devil. However, Parris never knew how standing up against the Devil would affect his
However, there were people that denied on their association with witchcraft then died because of their statement. In the end, the Salem Witch Trials were terminated by the Governor William Phips because his wife was being accused for being a witch. Furthermore, Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams did all of theses actions so they would not be punished for dancing. The Film: Takes place in Salem, Massachusetts Bay during the late 1600s, “The Crucible” demonstrates how the Salem Witch Trials proceed. In the film, Abigail Williams does witchcraft to kill ex-lover’s (John Proctor) wife with a group of girls and Tituba (Caribbean slave) so she could become his wife.
22. Tituba was forced to confess what really happened because, they were going to beat her until she confessed about what happened. She confessed to witchcraft, and also because Mrs. Putnam’s told Tituba to do the ritual and that is why Tituba did what she did 23. Abigail and the girls knew that at one point they would get caught so Abigail would do anything to keep herself from getting in trouble, so when she found out that people were accusing them, she stared to say that the devil forced them in to doing all those things because she knew that they would get some serious consequences for doing what they did by dancing and doing witch things and plus she is the leader of the group so they do what she says 24. She wants john to go in town and tell the authorities that the girls are lying about what really happened.
This kind of sickness drove the town fear of witching and it not only the girls are being accuse of witch craft, the other residents of Salem is consorting with the devil and casting spell. The count of Salem gave an unfair trial, to those individual who contradict of witchcraft. The only deference, the people of Salem is to say the truth or lie. However the witch trail shows the difference between saying the truth and saying
Abigail has run away with her taking all Parris’s money. Hale has lost faith in the court, pleads the accused to confess falsely to save their lives, they refuse. Danforth asks Elizabeth to talk John into admitting about being a witch, she agrees. John, troubled by the thought, eventually agrees to confessing. When the court says his admission to witchcraft must be done publicly, Proctor grows angry and retracts his early admission to witchcraft.