When Hale is initially interviewing Betty Parris and Abigail he uncovers a certain turn of events to persuade him to believe witches are loose in Salem. When interviewing the children they lead Hale to believe Tituba was the witch leading the girls to dance in the forest. When questioning Tituba on the
Power in our society nowadays is very misgiven and abused. When people have power they tend to use it for their own benefit and to manipulate people into believing them. In the play, The Crucible, Arthur Miller dramatizes the Salem witch trials of 1692 in order to show his audience how easy it was to be accused and hung for witchcraft. In the Crucible a group of young girls were caught dancing in the woods and in order to not receive a punishment they lied saying they got witched. The girls blamed many people of the town of being witches and caused conflict all over the village.
Many of the ideas that the king expressed to the public were included in Macbeth, such as predicting the future. Apart from that, witches were always seen as female, and not as male. Therefore, two embodiments of evil in the play are the Witches and Lady Macbeth (both mentioned above). They play a large part in the downfall of Macbeth as they put the initial idea of becoming king into Macbeth´s head by “predicting” it. Thus, when looking to the relation between the witches and the female gender, it is to say that while Lady Macbeth rejects female gender by what she says, the witches do so by what they are.
In fact, Macbeth becomes fascinated by them, "would they had stayed." Banquo serves as his conscience, perhaps representing the period audience who would have also thought the witches to be evil and unnatural, and warns him of the dangers of trusting such supernatural messengers; a warning that goes unheeded. After hearing the prophecy, Macbeth already thinks about, "murder," and becomes preoccupied with thoughts of becoming king showing the powerful hold they have over him with only one meeting, scaring the audience who would have believed in Witches. Macbeth believes the Witches as there first prophecy came true and ignores the fact that they’re evil beings whereas Banquo recognizes them for what they are. He even informs his most beloved, Lady Macbeth, who also shares his ambition.
When Betty says “You did, you did! You drank a charm to kill John Proctor’s wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor” (Miller 19), the reader can clearly determine that Abigail will take any measure to accomplish her selfish goals. This is as Abigail is trying to intimidate the other girls into not saying anything. “She is the consummate seductress; the witchcraft hysteria in the play originates in her carnal lust for Proctor” (Schissel 3).
The ways in which women are able to achieve power include Abigail Williams’ use of dishonesty and manipulation that prompts the witch trials as well as Rebecca Nurse’s refusal of a confession that defies the conventional paradigms of the society. Abigail successfully obtained power through the use of deceit. Throughout the play she continued to lie and manipulate others, thus gaining more and more power. We see her initial acquirement of power as the driving force of the witch trials. Abigail was a part of the group of the girls supposedly dancing in the woods that caused suspicion of witches to arise.
During Act 1 Mary attempted to be righteous, by trying to get Abigail to confess about what the dancing in the forest. She doesn’t want to be hanged for witchcraft and breaks down to the point Abigail smashes her across the face. Mary claims that they’ll “only be whipped for dancing’.” (Miller 18).“Abby, we’ve got to tell. Witchery’s a hangin’ error’.” (Miller 18). Mary was afraid of Abigail Williams and didn’t tell the truth fearing that Abigail would hurt her.
It is Abigail, the antagonist of the play, and all the others girls need to be free and act like teenagers. Second is the result of corruption of the trials, the infamous witch trials. The fight of John Proctor is to convince the townspeople of Salem that the supposed witches
This statement became only an error made by Pagans. This was his reason for tracking down witches and witchcraft (Linder). Another part of the religion aspect is the anti-Christian religions. “‘Pagan’ or anti-Christian New Age religions are sometimes identified with witches because some pious Christians think they practice witchcraft because those in the religions claim to practice ‘Magick’ or ‘the craft.’” Some of the members of these groups refer to themselves as ‘witches’ and their groups as ‘covens’ (Carroll). It became no surprise that they were not liked.
Citizens who have a collectivist mentality are more prone to helping one another rather than isolating themselves and overestimating their skills. Those who are a part of a collectivist society share the same values and opinions; therefore, allowing them to to work compromisingly. Admittedly, those who possess an individualistic mindset are more likely to do as they desire without consulting anybody else. In a society, this can be extremely harmful because decisions should be made as a whole in order to ensure that every citizen is content with the issue at hand. Although there is some validity to this argument, every citizen should have the right to express and possess their individual identity.