Abigail wants Mr. Proctor all to herself on account of an affair that occurred between the two of them while the Proctors employed her. The charge of witchcraft is shifted from person to person throughout the play, much like it was in the real Salem witch trials. In the end, Proctor is not only charged with witchcraft, but is apprehended for adultery as
She sends her spirit into me, and makes me laugh at prayer! She comes into me when I sleep, she makes me dream corruptions!” (Miller). This is Abigail putting the blame on someone else for her deed, creating panic in her community. Further along in the book Abigail uses this power of mass hysteria to get her love interest John Proctor to be with her by accusing his wife of witchcraft so she would be killed and her wish would come
Some of the worst forms of malice come from love. Abigail Williams from The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a great example of this. Abigail is a young girl who was caught practicing witchcraft in order to make John only love her. In the puritan times this would mean death. So, to combat this she calls multiple townspeople witches, saying she had seen them with the devil.
When Rebecca Nurse tells her she is blessed with “eleven children” (page 27 in regular book) Mrs. Putman believes she is under the spell of witchcraft as she only has kept one and Rebecca has eleven. This causes Mrs. Putnam to become jealous of Rebecca nurse and thinks Rebecca is at fault for the death of her babies. Because of this jealousy Mrs. Putman accuses Rebecca of the death of her babies. She believed it was witchcraft was the reason because rumors of it was going around.
One could easily say Abigail was the one to blame for the hysteria in Salem during the witchcraft trials, but there is someone who was as much to blame as her. Tituba is to blame for the Salem witchcraft. “To Tituba! What may Tituba-? Tituba knows how to speak to the dead, Mr. Parris” (page 1095).
The Crucible, a novel that reflects on Salem's Witch Trials in early 1692. The strict religious culture set out by the Puritans ruled the village. Unexplained acts were seen as acts of the devil and witchcraft. Salem became caught up in a hysteria about witchcraft that year. The conflict ultimately claimed 19 lives.
In a story, the events within the plot reinforce the overarching principle. This overarching principle is the theme. Two of the themes I mentally conceived stood out in “The Crucible” were hysteria and reputation. Author Miller uses authentic life events from the Salem Witch Trials in 1692 to show that fear and suspicion are infectious and engender a mass hysteria that ravages public order and rationality. One example of this is the afflicted girls utilize the peoples fear of witches to get rid of people that they don’t like.
It all starts at the very beginning when they start lying about Tituba being a witch and conjuring Ruth Putnams dead sisters. And the group of girls that accuse people of witch trial are lying pretty much the whole play. One doesn’t even know if witches and wizards are real and these girls had all of Salem going crazy thinking everyone is cursed with witchcraft. They did it all to make people lower on the social ladder than they are or to get back at people who have done them wrong. It is established very early in the play that girls are liars when Abby says, “ABIGAIL: She is blackening my name in the village!
I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil” (Miller 1120). She even threatens to divulge her affair with John to the court because she thought it would make it more likely for Elizabeth to be convicted. Chillingworth’s character is just as vindictive, if not even more so, as Abigail. When he finds out that Hester has cheated on him, he is at first solely curious about who she cheated with.
Throughout the play, many scenes portray Macbeth’s peripeteia and downfall. The witches, Macbeth himself, and Lady Macbeth are responsible for the peripeteia experienced by Macbeth and his wife. The witches are the main reason why Macbeth turns into who he is and why he falls so far down into ruin. When Macbeth and Banquo are returning from battle, they are greeted by the three witches. The witches enlighten Macbeth and Banquo of their prophecy and from that point on, Macbeth’s peripeteia begins.
Did you know Abigail is responsible for the witchcraft hysteria? Abigail is responsible for the witchcraft hysteria because she blamed other people for her actions and had an affair. There were many other reasons she was accused as well. Anyhow, Abigail was a very mean person that always wanted everything to go her way. She blamed one girl that danced with her named Elizabeth saying she was a witch.
In the late 1600s, many unspeakable things happened in the Massachusetts Bay Colony due to some people’s ways. In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, there is a wide range of characters with a variety of conflicting personalities. A crucible is a situation of severe trial leading to the creation of something new. The play tells a story of a town’s obsession with accusing innocent people of witchcraft through an unrealistic test. This play is important because of its historical content relating the Salem witch trials to the Red Scare.