Fear and hysteria strike Salem over the belief that the devil is in the town because Parris’s niece, Abigail Williams, was found dancing in the forest with other girls and Parris’s servant; and soon after two young girls fall sick. The town suspects the girls of witchcraft; however, Parris does not want to believe witchcraft is the cause of the trouble in Salem; so he calls in Reverend
Abigail believed that Proctor actually loved her and she waited every night for him. She was brainwashed to think he would leave his wife for her. The witchcraft accusation came from the beginning of the story when Abigail and the girls were dancing naked in the woods and chanting. She made false accusations that people in the village were worshipping the devil to cover what she had done. Many lives were taken but Abigail had no empathy for anyone who was hanged.
Bearing in mind the facts about her distressing childhood life, her love for John and terror for her life it is possible to deduce that it was the fault of Abigail for the tragedy to occur in the town of the Salem. Her deceitfulness almost makes her impractical because she practices witchcraft in order to win back her lover, Proctor, she laid false evidence of witchcraft in Elizabeth’s home with a hope to direct her to the scaffolds and she persuades young women to dance in the woods which was an illegal act. The writer progresses from sightseeing the unconscious to exploring the unconditioned and raw responses that go deeper than basic desires and ambitions, particularly when challenged with ones’ mortality. A deduction can also be made that the more Abigail Williams learnt how to use her interim capabilities to upset the townspeople, the more she appreciated the power she had. Abigail Williams collects the information necessary to style the position of supremacy for herself.
In the first Act, Abigail manipulates the girls into helping her lie about the forest “incident” in the beginning of the play. "Now look you, all of you we danced and Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam 's dead sisters, and that is all. Mark this let either of you breathe a word and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you." (Miller I, 20). In this quote, Abigail becomes aware of what she did in the forest along with the girl and threatens them to keep silence if they want to keep their lives.
Abigail and her group of friends around found in the forest doing witchcraft to get their love interest to fall for the however they are caught by her uncle Parris and instead of confessing and telling the truth she lies to her uncle Parris by claiming she was just dancing. Due to her act Abigail’s sister Betty is unconscious and the whole town is convinced it’s witchcraft, causing mayhem throughout the community also known as mass hysteria. In the book The Tipping point it states “... convinced that he is being contaminated by some unseen evil- in the past it was demons and spirits; nowadays it tends to be toxings and gases.” This is how mass hysteria is starts, a collective illusion which if clearly shown in the play. In the play Abigail proclaims, “She lies! She sends her spirit into me, and makes me laugh at prayer!
She is lying to save herself and she is expecting others to do the same and they will. In middle of the play when John Proctor just tells Mr. Hale that Abigail told him she is lying the whole time, “Abigail Williams told you it had naught to do with witchcraft” (Miller 200). Clear proof of Abigail lying. And in end of the play when John Proctor is talking to Elizabeth and he is considering to lie to save his life, “I have been thinking I would confess to them Elizabeth. What say you?
Throughout his conversation with Abigail in Act I his main concern seems to be his reputation as a minister. Rev Parris saw the girls (Abigail, Betty, Mary and other girls) dancing in the woods the previous night. The rumor is Elizabeth Proctor said Abigail’s soul is tainted. Abigail claims the Proctors dismissed her because they wanted a slave and she refused to be treated like a slave. It is being rumored that Betty flew over over the barn.
The Crucible is the story of a young Puritan woman in 1692 Massachusetts who made false witchcraft accusations in an attempt to save her life and to end a rival’s life. While her actions are horrific and the cause of numerous deaths, the actions of the adults around her that enabled her lies to cost lives are despicable. Through his dishonest characters, specifically Reverend Parris, Judge Danforth, and John Proctor, Miller exposes the evils of lying to save one’s name and the destruction that inevitably ensues. The first dishonest character mentioned in the play is Reverend Parris, a man who has worked to be a reputable, trustworthy church leader. After he saw his niece, Abigail, and daughter, Betty, dance in the woods, he suspects that they were involved in witchcraft.
Reverend John Hale: Character Arc Incarnate The Salem Witch Trials was an event of mass witch hunting hysteria that occurred between 1692 and 1693. A group of girls caught dancing and practicing forbidden behavior in the forest convinced the magistrates that men and women had sent out their familiars to bewitch the girls. These first accusations quickly evolved into a hysterical crusade against all “witches”, which often allowed people to vent long-held grudges. One of these girls who started things, and plays a large part in Arthur Miller’s portrayal of these times, The Crucible, is Abigail Williams, 11 at the time. Although other important characters such as the protagonist, John Proctor, his wife, Elizabeth Proctor, and the primary judge,
Parris has sent for Reverend John Hale of Beverly, an expert on witchcraft, to determine whether Betty is indeed bewitched. Parris berates his niece, Abigail Williams, because he discovered her, Betty, and several other girls dancing in the forest in the middle of the night with his slave, Tituba. Tituba was intoning unintelligible words and waving her arms over a fire, and Parris thought he spotted someone running naked through the
In the movie, The Crucible, the Salem Witch Trials and their effects are highlighted. It begins in the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Reverend Parris, the town minister, discovers his daughter, Betty, his niece, Abigail, and other girls dancing in the forest with his slave Tituba. Betty faints and does not wake up due to the shock and fear of being discovered. The villagers suspect witchcraft and gather at Parris 's house.
Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, is a play written in 1953 that exposes the mass hysteria occurring in salem, Massachusetts in 1692 During the play, people in the village were accused of doing witchcraft by people who either didn 't like them or wanted their land. Everyone in Salem walked in fear that someone would accuse them of being a witch. When one person accused you of being a witch, everyone agreed because no one wanted to also be accused of being a witch. In October 2014 the popstar Kesha said her producer Dr. Luke alleged drugged and rapped her shorty after she turned eighteen. Since Kesha is a very well known and loved singer all of her family, fans,other famous friends backed her up by showing their love and support.