Who Is To Blame For The Salem Witch Trials In The Crucible

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The Salem witch trials were series of hearings of people getting accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts, which lasted from February 1692 to May 1693. During these times, anyone who was accused of being a ‘witch’ or suspected of ‘practicing witchcraft’ was sentenced to death or hanged. The trials resulted in the death of twenty people, fourteen of them women, and all but one some by hanging. The witch trials was full of hysteria which caused a lot of chaos, death and accusations in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. In the Arthur Miller’s book The Crucible, the main character Abigail Williams is to blame for the 1692 Salem witch trials in Massachusetts. Abigail is to blame for all the vents in The Crucible. She is a cruel person who always …show more content…

In Act 2, Elizabeth and proctor get into a huge argument, she now feels like she can’t trust proctor anymore. Elizabeth says “ I do not judge you , the magistrate sits in your heart that judges you, I never thought you but a good man, John”(Miller 55). Proctor gets mad because his wife believes Abigail over him. Abigail accusations caused Proctor and his wife, Elizabeth to get into an argument. Abigail also claimed that she loved John and that he loved her too, “Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before i'll ever reach for you again”(Page 23). She tried to kill Elizabeth with a curse because she thought that if she died john would marry her, “Spoke or silent, a promise is surely made. And she may dote on it now. I am sure she does, and thinks to kill me, then to take my place” (p 61). Elizabeth points out that Abigail’s behavior, and her accusation of Elizabeth, is motivated by jealousy and the benefit she might gain if she dies. Proctor then reveals Abigail’s actions, jealousy and desire, “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”(p 110) . Abigail’s jealousy caused a lot of damage in the town, as she tries to kill

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