She’d dare not call a monstrous profit in it. She thinks to take my place, John. (Miller, 58) Elizabeth points out that Abigail accusing her is motivated by jealousy and the possibility of getting Proctor from her. Abigail’s jealousy is what sets the whole motion of witch trials.
“Abigail is the most complex of the girls in the town who cry out against their elders. Both clever and cunning, her intense cynicism toward the so called respectability of the town is partly supported in the way that we see them act” (Abbotson 1). She has so many layers to her character that we as readers can explore. When she says “My name is good in
This would explain why so many people were accused. “In conclusion, the residents of Salem Village usually accused their neighbors of witchcraft because it was very common to have a history of conflict or tension with your neighbor at the time”(Teenink.com). Even if no one can prove that these were the main reasons for the Salem Witch Trials and there are still many other theories, these three give the best explanation. These three theories show that the girls only did i because they were ill or believed that it was right because someone they looked up to told them to do it.
Elia Kazan a Greek-American director once said, “Whatever hysteria exists is inflamed by mystery, suspicion and secrecy” In The Crucible by Arthur Miller the town of Salem gets warped into a loop of lies and false accusations. A group of girls claim to be able to see spirits to avoid being called witches, and accuse others of being witches, starting a chain reaction. Now others accuse people of being witches in order to get rid of those they don‘t like, and so they be hanged. Hysteria and conformity cause an uproar of lies that kill innocent people in Salem.
“Now little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law” (Hale) Abigail Williams in the Crucible is a despicable character that is toxic to every person she commerses with. She portrays the evil of the world and the weakness of fear. She longed for love because of her loneliness and guilt that she could feel deep down inside of her soul.
In some instances communities will even go to the extreme by blaming or executing a large number of people to fix their problems. Some people will even come up with delusional accusations to make it easier to scapegoat that one person or group. The Crucible by Arthur Miller is one example of this because in the story a community of people start executing other’s because they believe that they are witches. The poem by Margaret Atwood “Half-Hanged Mary” is another excellent example of scapegoating because they are also accusing
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.
It’s crazy that all it takes is two girls lying about witchcraft and several innocent people lose their lives. This theme stands out today because if you lie in court you are punished, but if you tell the truth you are not punished as heavily. Things back then are extremely different than how things are in the world
The people of Salem see Abigail as a perfect person, but we know that she is far from it. She truly outsmarts the town with her witty lies, persuasion of everyone, and she gets power and money by any means necessary. Abigail lies her way through all the problems she faces. It starts with a simple lie of defending herself of the accusations of witchcraft, but will spiral out of control as the novel and her lies progress.
Who's to Blame For the Salem Witch Trails? In Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," Abigail Williams, Judge Danforth, and John Proctor are responsible for the witch trials. Not only is Abigail one of the characters responsible for the witch trails, but she is the one who instigated the witchcraft fervor within Salem. John is one of the characters responsible for the trails because he has an affair with Abigail.
In the play along with the movie The Crucible, John Proctor and Abigail Williams have interesting relationship bound by adultery and lies. Abigail becomes obsessed with John and will do anything to be with him. John quickly shuts down her fantasy ideas and tells her that what happened between them was a one-time thing that will never take place again and a mistake on his part. With this knowledge, she soon spends all her time plotting to get John all to herself and to make him fall in love with her, even if that means taking out John’s wife, Elizabeth. We see many examples of this forbidden relationship through their secret encounters and arguments in both examples of the story, still, there were more scenes of John and Abby alone in the movie than in the play.
The Tragic Hero, John Proctor The Crucible is a depiction of the hardships from the Puritan lifestyle. The story brought out the true characteristics of Puritan believers, shadowed by the evils in the world. During the Salem Witch Trials people were hysterical due to their dealings with the devil. Betty Parris, Abigail Williams, and Mercy Lewis started the accusations that would lead to the end of innocent men and women including John Proctor.
Persecution is the hostile and ill treatment of people, usually based on religion, political beliefs, ethnic or racial origin, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Witches and wizards, men and women creating evil and harm, were persecuted. These women and men supported different religious beliefs, and dabbled in magic. Alleged witches were victimized for their infliction of evil. The Salem Witch Trials resulted in a series of hangings of accused witches, due to their witchcraft and magic.
In The Crucible written by Arthur Miller, one theme demonstrated was that revenge does not always work in your favor. Revenge is the action of causing hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong suffered at their hands. In The Crucible this theme is represented by the character Abby wanting to be with John Proctor, since they had an affair. Due to the affair Mrs. Proctor, Elizabeth, fires Abby making Abby want seek revenge on Elizabeth. In order to gain revenge, Abby accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft and being a witch.