Abigail’s Malfeasance Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a Roman philosopher and writer, once said. For example, in the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail blames and accuses others; however, she was really the center of the problem. Consequently, Abigail is the one person to blame for the Salem Witch Trials getting so out of hand. She systematically accuses more and more people, all for her agenda of being with John Proctor, and continually ramps up the hysteria whenever the villagers had reason to doubt her. Therefore, Abigail should take the blame for the Salem Witch Trials, not the town as a whole.
She told john she would confess then when she tried she got nervous and accused John to save her own life. The third example of vindictiveness is when Thomas Putnam accuses Jacobs. Jacobs had a lot of land and Thomas saw the opportunity to get it for free. That as a very vindictive move from Thomas Putnam. The final example is at the beginning of the play Abigail threatens all of the girls.
“The Crucible” by Arthur Miller and The Red Scare share many characteristics. “The Crucible” describes the Salem Witch Trials. These trials were during a period of time where men and women were very rancorous so others feared to speak up because they would be accused of witchcraft and killed. Similar to Arthur Miller’s book, the Red Scare was a period of time in the late 40’s and 50’s in which United States citizens were intensely paranoid of an opposing threat of communism in Eastern Europe and Asia and ultimately communists infiltrating the United States. What the Red Scare and “The Crucible” have in common is that accusations of witchcraft or communism were false, people were blind to the truth, and the accusers weren’t very tactful and
When a woman is accused of being a witch and her life is in danger in 1600’s Salem, MA what recourse does she have to protect herself? Women of the time had no authority; they were seen as property of the men they married or were born to. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible takes place during the famous Salem witch trials. It all starts when young Abigail Williams has an affair with John Proctor and practices witchcraft in an attempt to kill John Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth. When Abigail is accused of witchcraft, she confesses and in order to take blame off of herself, she accuses many others as well.
Miller is able to portray the influence in which the strict Puritan society had on the communities of that time, in The Crucible. He was also able to show how hysteria could turn neighbors against one another and accuse people, that they have known for a long time, of practicing witchcraft (Florman and Kestler). Even before the hysteria began, the play foreshadowed what the hysteria would be like when Parris makes a series of accusations against Abigail and his parishioners (“SparkNotes on The Crucible”). After Miller has finished his play, he describes the town and what has become of since the last of the trials. “Certain farms which had belonged to the victims were left to ruin, and for more than a century no one would buy them or live on them” (Miller “Echoes Down the
“Knowledge is power, power to do evil or to do good.”- Veronica Roth In the play “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, Abigail Williams is mostly responsible for the girls being in the woods, she is the one who drives the play. The evil and lying takes over her mind she gets worse throughout the story. Instead of changing herself she tries to change people around her from getting caught it's either them or her. Even before the trials she wasn't innocent because she had an affair with John Proctor Neglecting the fact it was against the villages beliefs. Abigail Williams was non stop visualizing about her affair the more she thought about it the more she convinced herself she was in love.
At the beginning of the trials Mary is on John and Elizabeth’s side in the argument and wants to prove Abigail wrong and to tell the truth about what they did. When Abigail starts repeating everything that Mary says and starts to make her look like she is possessed or is bewitched then it is a different story. Mary soon realizes that if she doesn’t decide to go against the Proctors then Abigail will ruin her and cause her to have to be hung. Mary soon starts to change her story and make false allegations to make herself look better. “I...I cannot tell how, but I did.
The significance of lying only leads to more problems is conflicted in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. In a series of events the effects of lying are displayed with their own individual consequences and one problem leading to another and another and eventually to an tragic end. From the beginning of the play, The Crucible, the reader was introduced to the young girl Abigail who initially started the trails of lies that caused the downfall of Salem and its justice. Abigail began the rumors of witchcraft through
Moving forward into Act III, in the final scenes of the play, the loan that Nora was hiding from Torvald was revealed to him. Nora was finally convinced it was time to tell Torvald to go and read his letters, in she would leave her home, her children and her life behind to avoid the the punishment Torvald would most likely inflict upon her once he discovered the truth. Torvald stops her before she can leave not letting her pass the doorway. As there argument grows Torvald states:“What a horrible awakening! All these eight years-she who was my joy and pride- a hypocrite, a liar- worse, worse- a criminal!” (Ibsen).
Andrew McIntosh 12/10/2015 Thesis Paper In this thrilling play directed by Arthur Miller, The Crucible portrays the incidents of the Salem Witch Trials during the late 1600’s. This action packed drama shows the struggle between John Proctor and Abigail Williams. Their relationship leads them down the wrong path. While Proctor is having an affair with Abigail his wife Elizabeth Proctor becomes suspicious with John’s distant behavior. Throughout the play, Abigail struggles to become close to John but John tries to revert his wrong doings and apologize to Elizabeth but Abigail still wants a relationship.