It conveys the impression that a woman being in power is wrong, and incompatible with society. But we choose to ignore the fact that Macbeth, a man, who was so keen on being powerful that he went insane, and once he gained that power, he did everything to obtain it. And yet men are still seen as a substantial contribution to society. Why must women be beneath men, for the sole reason of having different physical body parts? Women have to strive to even be remotely close to being treated as an equal, while men just keep getting higher and higher on the scale of equality.
Power is a huge aspect of how people see an individual and how they are treated in Salem, Massachusetts, which is the setting of The Crucible. Factors such as gender, religion, and how much land one own’s are truly what separate the powerful from the powerless in this Puritan society. However, a surprising person in Betty Parris is able to maintain great power from simply lying “asleep.” Although she must defy the odds of power through gender and age, Betty Parris establishes herself as the most powerful person in Salem through her ability to influence the actions of people around her and cause the town to enter a state of hysteria. By pretending to be asleep, Betty is able to influence the actions of others by playing with there emotions and making them fear for what could potentially happen. Abigail is one of the only people who knows that this whole situation with Betty is simply an act.
The human flaw of envy is demonstrated by several of Abigail Williams’s actions. When Abigail tries to talk to John Proctor about their affair, he denies that they have any emotional connection, so Abigail responds: “She [Elizabeth] is blackening my name in the village! She is telling lies about me! She is a cold shiveling woman, and you bend to her! Let her turn you like a -” (Miller 1247).
He doesn't want there to be known of the practice of witchcraft in his own house, so he puts the crime on his slave Tituba and gives her an ultimatum to either confess or be beat. Because of his need to keep his credibility in his town he claims that he had casted out the source of Satan himself. Parris motives are exceedingly selfish. Concerned with keeping his authority in Salem, he is disliked among many. Continually being power-hungry, drives him to make calamities in his
Abigail and John are both contrasting figures to these views because they commit sins, lie, and create the image not of what is expected in the Puritan religion. The purpose of these characters created by Miller was to show the restrictions of the Puritan society and how people sought out power because of grudges they held. The four sources given, explain that many but not all people have trouble upholding the expectations put upon them. In the end, John’s individualism cost him his life, and Abigail's forced her to flee Salem Village. BUt, if both characters had upheld their religious expectations, would the Salem Witch Trials have even
Power is defined as “The ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as as a faculty or quality.” Throughout history, women have significantly lacked not only power but the ability to be recognized as equal to their male counterparts. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, women are somewhat able to successfully gain power from society due to the fact that they use manipulation, deceit and their sexual desire (especially the character of Abigail) to acquire positions of power in their largely patriarchal society. Women are able to attain this power through using their intellect to express manipulation, and lying in order to receive attention that translates into power. Abigail Williams, the main antagonist of the play, uses her sharp wit and manipulative personality in order to gain power through causing hysteria and chaos in a restrictive 17th century Salem environment. The attention Abigail draws to herself through the accusations made in the witch trials generate a great source of power for her, when Abigail and John Proctor, of whom previously had an affair have a conversation regarding the witch trials she says, “I have a sense for heat, John, and yours has drawn me to my window, and I have seen you looking up, burning in your loneliness.
Abigail Williams is to Blame In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail Williams, an unmarried orphan in the Massachusetts town of Salem, increasingly grows more jealousy of Elizabeth Proctor intensifies in attempt to realize her desire for Elizabeth's husband John Proctor. Her ambition for vengeance only grows stronger, and her selfishness escalates. She repeatedly lies to save herself by denying her involvement in witchcraft. In order to save herself she accuses the innocent, without any sense of ethical violation. Abigail proves to be a selfish antagonist in The Crucible that shows no sense of right and wrong.
Danforth and the people of the court automatically point their fingers at Goody Proctor as being guilty, but they fail to recognize the Abigail’s underlying desire for vengeance. Because of their blindness, they don't question Abigail’s integrity. As the reader knows, Abigail is trying to kill Goody Proctor; therefore, Abigail’s knowing that a needle was in the voodoo doll could’ve been used to frame Goody Proctor of witchery. This would be a form of lying which defies one of the commandments, showing how a Puritan would overstep their superficial rules to satisfy their
She doesn’t want to become the sacrifice of the village, and in the end doesn’t, but after talking to the ‘dark feathered angel’ she winds up abandoning the village and ‘becomes the witch that she wasn’t before.’ In “Between the World and Me”, Coates discusses this exact situation. Coates says “Hate gives identity. The nigger, the fag, the bitch illuminate the border, illuminate what we ostensibly are not, illuminate the Dream of being white, of being a Man. We name the hated strangers and are thus confirmed in the tribe” (Coates ). Mary rejects the village and accepts her identity as a witch.
In the play, Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” many themes are shown. Throughout the themes the hunger for power, authority and respect stands out the most in male characters, which are the majority gender in the story. According to Webster’s dictionary, power is “the ability or right to control people or things.” Also, according to Webster’s dictionary authority is “the power to give orders or make decisions.” And lastly, Webster’s dictionary tells us that respect is “a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good.” These themes are shown to be very effective in the story because most males demand power, authority and respect. The main theme from my perspective is the hunger for power; authority and respect are the dominant themes because everyone demands them at least one time in the story. Reverend Parris is hungry for power and worries little about others.