Abigail hates John’s wife, Elizebeth Proctor. So in the woods with al the other young women in the town were joking around and messing around saying random fake chants to the sprits to kill Elizebeth Proctor, so she could be with John. Lust and jealousy is which sparked this
And Goody Osburn…”(Miller 46-47) This moment shows the Putnams large role in the blaming of witchcraft because after they ask about a name people respond with those exact names although the blaming wasn’t real. Another person who contributed to the witchcraft hysteria is Reverend Parris. Samuel Parris was quick to blame and quick to make bad remarks about people he didn’t like. Most of all Parris wants to keep up his reputation so if word got out that he niece was acting like a barbarian in the woods he would be shamed upon. In the play Parris says, “If you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it.” This quote
This charismatic leadership displayed by Abigail Williams led to deindividuation among the group of girls. These girls lost their self-restraint and awareness when they falsely accused other villagers in Salem to avoid the discovery of the events in the forest. John Proctor was the only villager in Salem that keeps his self-awareness and restraint when he tries to make it known to Salem that the girls are lying about witchcraft. However, the village turns against John Proctor and he is hung for
It was believed that they danced a black magic dance in nearby woods, and some girls would fall on the floor and hysterically scream. Shortly after that, these actions started to allot all over Salem. Ministers came to Salem trying to find who is responsible for this crisis. The Puritans believed that to become bewitched, a witch must draw a person under a spell. The young girls of Salem could not have brought this situation onto themselves, so they were questioned and forced to name their torturers.
Because I cannot have another in my life!...How may I live without my name?” John Proctor's exclaims “That he cries of his whole soul” But he is willing to confess to a few officials, but he is not willing to append his name publicly to this false confession. His reputation is so important to him that he chooses death by hanging instead. Elizabeth Proctor is the epitome of the quote “Cold hands, warm heart.” Although she may not have provided a warm home-life for her husband. John Proctor, she remains good, moral, and composed throughout the novel. However it is these qualities that leads to the annihilation of her exceptional reputation when she is unknowingly put to a test that will determine not only her own fate, but also the future of John, and many others who have been accused of witchcraft It had been predetermined by John.
Anyone will do anything to protect their reputation. People will do anything to protect their reputation. “Them that will not confess will hang.” (Danforth 200). The people of the village would rather be hung than to confess their sins. Their reputation means more to them than confessing and living.
The first two acts of the play show how Abigail manipulates others and lies to prevent getting in trouble for what she did. In the first half of the play Abigail lies and threatens others to keep from getting in trouble when her uncle catches her and other girls dancing in the forest. Abigail was caught doing something strictly forbidden in her society and is scared that Betty, Abigail’s cousin, may tell on her and hit Betty. The text states, “Betty, you will never say that again! You will never-’ Smashes her across the face: ‘Shut it!
Many lives were taken but Abigail had no empathy for anyone who was hanged. Proctor realized the truth behind everything and decided it was time to come forward and tell Danforth, “She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore's vengeance, and you must see it now” (Miller ).
. ‘That’s where you can help us’” (Rees 218). The girls were jealous of Mary’s friend Rebekah, who recently married, in which they felt Mary’s witchcraft was the root of the marriage. Their jealousy then turned into revenge by them accusing her of witchcraft because Mary refused to help them in order to not expose her true identity. Jealousy was displayed when women used witchcraft to obtain a
By looking at The Crucible by Arthur Miller one can see that the characterization of John Proctor reveals the theme of reputation and integrity, which is important because refusing to tell lies to protect his reputation and stop delirium from spreading throughout Salem.John Proctor states that the woman of Salem who have been locked up for witchcraft:”Excellency, does it not strike upon you that so many of these women have lived so long with such upright reputation”(3.1.305-309). Proctor represents reputation because he would rather die than have his reputation downed to a victimizer. Protecting his reputation motivates John Proctor to deny that witchcraft exists in the village. All he hears is crying out of screams and wailing which is a cause of the Devil 's work: “What 's she doing? Girl what ails you?
The huntsman is being exploited by the Queen’s orders and does not like his job working for the Queen. For example Snow White is struggling for her life when a huntsman going to kill her, but she was so beautiful, the huntsman let her run away. The Grimms state, “The huntsman obeyed, and took her away but when he had drawn his knife, and was about to pierce Snow White 's innocent heart, she began to weep, and said, "Ah dear huntsman, leave me my life. I will run away into the wild forest, and never come home again”. This shows the huntsman does not want to be corrupt like the Queen, but he has to because he is in lower class, and he has to do this job.