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.
The morning prior from the night of the girls dancing, girls began to get ill they blamed witchcraft for the illness. The town decided to call reverend Hale someone who deals with the supernatural, when he arrives, he examined the ill girls, but found nothing supernatural about it until he asked around and revered Samuel Parris admits to seeing his niece Abigail, dancing in the forest with her friends. Reverend Hale demanded that Abigail gives up the names of all the girls who were in the forest at the time. The girls denied of any witchcraft because Abigail violently threatened them. Abigail then admits to seeing the devil and that they were doing rituals, but that she did not want to she then blamed it on Parris’s slave Tituba, Abigail said that she obligated her to.
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!
The Progenitors of the Salem Witch Trials It is known that a person would lie to save themselves rather than confess the truth and avoid placing the blame on others, despite the consequences. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail Williams is caught dancing in the woods by her uncle, Reverend Parris. When Abigail is accused of dancing in the woods, she blames the house slave, Tituba, of forcing Abigail and Parris’ daughter Betty to conjure spirits, which then starts the Salem Witch Trials. Abigail, Betty, and Judge Danforth are responsible for starting the Salem Witch Trials. Abigail started the acquisitions regarding witchcraft in Salem by trying to save herself from punishment for dancing in the woods.
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.
These components made themselves known throughout the play in various instances. For example, Abigail Williams was the charismatic leader that convinces the girls to lie about what occurs in the woods in order to protect herself. She compelled the group of girls to accuse others of witchcraft through fear tactics, fooling the other villages that she sees spirits, and that she served a God’s finger. Her actions ultimately led to mass hysteria and the death of many villagers in Salem. This charismatic leadership displayed by Abigail Williams led to deindividuation among the group of girls.
In a small village called Salem, witchcraft and sorcery exist, however everyone is pointing fingers but not a single soul knows who is actually to blame for this nonsense. During this time period of hysteria, there are multiple scenes that are very questionable due to one person and one person only. Abigail is the one most responsible for the hysteria and witchcraft in Salem. She threatens the group of girls that accompanied her in the woods while they all danced. She has also lied about many things on multiple occasions in which causes an extreme amount of suspicion.
In the first act of the play the Crucible, by Arthur Millar, a few girls are caught dancing in the forest and accused of witchcraft. To save themselves and their reputations the girls, along with other citizens in the town of Salem, start to point their fingers and put the blame on other people. Abigail’s, Reverend Parris’, and Mrs. Putnum’s various accusations all come from their selfish motives. The most subterranean motivation of Abigail is the “love” she has for John Proctor. Abigail was not only one of the girls that got caught dancing in the forest, she was the only girl that drank a blood charm in order to kill John Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth Proctor.
The crucible, written by Arthur Miller, takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Several girls are discovered dancing in the forest and are accused of witchcraft. Reverend Hale, the “spiritual doctor” is called to Salem and a witch hunt ensues. Knowing that the girls would be punished for what they did, they claim they were possessed by spirits and turn the tables by accusing other people. Abigail Williams has had a hatred for Elizabeth Proctor because she is with her lover, and that is to blame for Abigail conjuring spirits in the first place.
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
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.