Abigail Williams’ Influence Is it okay for a person to lie and hurt other people just to keep him or herself safe? In Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, Abigail Williams lies, a lot, to keep herself safe. Throughout the story, many people are accused of witchcraft. When a person is accused of witchcraft, it is very easy for them to get out of the accusation if they lie. The lies that are told shifts the belief of who knows witchcraft, and Abigail Williams uses those lies to gain influence over other people.
As other in The Crucible she pretended to see spirits and suffer from (acting) fainting spells in court. When Goody Osburn was brought into the court to be accused of witchcraft Mary Claims this is what happened when she tried denying her, “I feel a misty coldness climbing up my back, and the skin on my skull begin to creep, and I feel a clamp around my neck and I cannot breathe air” (Miller, Act 2, 54). In act three Danforth asked, “Mary, how come you cry out people for sending their spirits against you?” (Miller, Act 3, 82). Although Mary Warren believes in witchcraft John Proctor Try’s to get her to tell the truth and convince the court that she and the other girls are faking the fainting spells, and are pretending to see spirits. If John can get Mary to confess that then Proctor will be able to save his wife (Elizabeth Proctor) life.
Religion was a very strong influence in the lives of Puritans as they followed a very strict moral code and based their entire lives on their faith. Most Puritans were taught from the Bible that "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" (Doc. A), which explains why the witch scare was taken so seriously and why the accused were punished so harshly. They believed and feared that "evil spirits were all around" (Doc. C) as noted in Memorable Providences Relating to Witchcraft and Possessions by Cotton Mather, who at that time was a reputable expert in the "invisible world."
The Salem Witch Trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft between 1692 and 1693. It occured in colonial Massachusetts, relying on a theocracy. The government and religious authority inseparably rule together, and individuals who question authority are accused of questioning God and his authority. There are multiple characters who played major roles in The Crucible but each of them contributed to the play in different ways. Abigail Williams is a major character who was one of the main reasons the Salem Witch Trials took place.
Once someone was accused of being a witch, it was very difficult to convince everyone that they weren’t. “Persons who scoffed at accusations of witchcraft risked becoming targets of accusations themselves” (Linder 18). If someone was accused of being a witch, no matter what they said to negate the accusations, they were going to be in the trials and if someone had supported one who was accused, they were also under suspicion and put in trials. This started a snowball effect of people being accused, leading to the Salem Witch trials. Many unfortunate events occurred leading up to the Salem Witch trials.
One possible cause of the Salem witch trial could have been the cause of religion because the ministers and church leaders had to let everyone know about witchcraft and that they needed to end it. In Document C Cotton mather, Memorable Providences Relating to Witchcraft and possessions, Boston, 1689 states, “These evil spirits are around… army of evil spirits under
In this story the whole reason for the tragic ending is often thought to be just Abigale, but that is not true. Other characters such as Deputy Governor Danforth, Reverend Parris and Reverend Hale likewise share obligation regarding the various passings coming about because of the witch trials. This essay will be focusing on how Reverend Hale was also the reason for the tragic ending. Reverend Hale's confidence and his faith in the individual divided him. Hales comes to Salem in light of a need.
The speech that was read by Chief Red Jacket to defend the religious beliefs of his people is a powerful piece of literature that is underrated. The speech describes the feelings that were caused by the religious intolerance from the Americans. Currently, the United States have started to appreciate the impacts of the Native Americans and other minorities in history. However, a piece of history that has been quite hidden is the religious intolerance of Native Americans. Chief Red Jacket utilizes repetition, pathos, and rhetorical questions to convince the Americans to tolerate the religion of the Native Americans.
Those who would admit to being a witch would go to jail, but for those who denied having interaction with the devil would have been trialed and hung, so really, anyway you put it it’s a lose-lose situation. Things like politics, religion, imaginations, and fear of people were just some of the main factors of what aided people into believing that Satan was upon the town of Salem. They believed that the humans were with devil and doing as he said which in turn gave them the power to harm others. One girl named Tituba was trying to save herself by confessing to witchcraft. She didn’t just confess but she also accused many other women about being witches and she said that they all were in the “hands of Satan”.
John Calvin had many people who followed him and agreed with his reformation on the church so he called them Calvinists. Calvinists broke with the Roman Catholic Church, but were different from the Lutherans. In 1536, John Calvin wrote a book, which was about how he believed the Protestant church should be managed. He believed in hard work, discipline, honesty and morality but had fines for swearing, fighting, dancing or laughing in church. He closed theatres and frowned on fancy dresses.