Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, takes place in Salem, Massachusetts during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. During this time, many people are hung for being accused of performing witchcraft, but who is there to blame? During this time, many people feared for their lives, and others used this as a time to get rid of people. In The Crucible, Abigail Williams, John Proctor, and Deputy-Governor Danforth are responsible for the witch trials in Salem. The play begins with many girls dancing in the woods and people being accused of witchcraft. I believe Abigail Williams had much to do with this. She is the reason the young girls conjure spirits with Tituba. She also had an affair with John Proctor. She feels that Proctor wants to be with her more than his wife, Elizabeth. To make her fantasy into a reality, Abigail plans to get Elizabeth hanged, by accusing her of being a witch. Abigail also tries talking to Proctor about their future. She tries to convince him that his wife is an evil person. "That jab your wife gave me's not healed yet, y'know... I think sometimes she pricks it open again while I sleep" (Pg. 49). Abigail is very deceiving and to hide her affair with Proctor, she accuses many others of being witches. …show more content…
John had an affair with Abigail when Elizabeth was sick, which made Abigail crazy for him. John forces Abigail to began accusing innocent people so that she would be able to finally accuse Elizabeth. When Proctor finds himself on trial, he reveals to the court that he knows Abigail. This was a very bad decision because now the court will find it hard to believe him. Proctor tries to tell the judges that Abigail wants to replace his wife. "She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave" (Pg. 69). The judges obviously don't believe him. This soon turns bad for him when he needs people to believe him, but they do
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People who may think are the most innocent, could sometimes be the most to blame, and that is the case in Salem, Massachusetts. In the year of 1692, not only were people accused of conjuring spirits, the citizens of Salem were accused of murder, threatened, and ordered to lie by their peers. After studying Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, it is clear that the three people that were most to blame for the witch hysteria and the subsequent deaths of innocent people are Tituba, Reverend Parris, and Abigail Williams. Tituba came to Salem to act as Reverend Parris' slave. Tituba did not know that that conjuring spirits, singing, and dancing were considered as evil acts.
Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible described the events of the Salem, Massachusetts which took place in 1692. The witch trials started after Abigail Williams and her group of girls were found dancing in the woods. Not wanting to be punished, the girls claimed that the Parris household's servant Tituba was summoning spirits. From there, many other women were accused of being witches and chaos filled the town. Heroes arose, one of them being John Proctor.
When we ask ourselves who is at fault, we tend to ignore that most of the time it 's ours. We just assume that we were helping and making things better for ourselves or others. After reading the play the crucible by Arthur Miller, this topic seemed to really relate. The most responsible or at fault for causing hysteria in the Crucible would have to be Abigal Williams and Judge Danforth. The two are the most at fault for their falsehood, accusations, stubbornness, biasedness, and most of all the jealousy Abigal had for Elizabeth Proctor.
As supported by psychology, it takes more than a single interaction for one to draw a conclusion on the true characteristic of another. For, if one only used that one moment to judge the characteristics of another, then he or she would most likely misjudge how that person truly is. Instead, it is crucial to use a multitude of instances with another to piece together their true intentions and moral values. In The Crucible, a tragedy, by Arthur Miller, scene 2.2 should be included in the play because it adds to the development of character.
Who's to Blame For the Salem Witch Trails? In Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," Abigail Williams, Judge Danforth, and John Proctor are responsible for the witch trials. Not only is Abigail one of the characters responsible for the witch trails, but she is the one who instigated the witchcraft fervor within Salem. John is one of the characters responsible for the trails because he has an affair with Abigail.
The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller. It takes place during the Salem witch trials. Salem is an isolated town in the Boston area that is set up perfectly for witchcraft accusations. Abigail is being accused of witchcraft and she is a manipulative girl. Abigail has been accused of committing witchcraft in the woods and she plans to bring other people down with her.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a dramatic play that expresses a very important message and that is how far people would go to save themselves from the hands of death. There are many characters in the Crucible who are guilty of taking innocent lives, but there are three major characters who, without a doubt, are the most at blame. The play takes place in the city of Salem, a city filled with people that would do anything to keep their reputation clean. Throughout the play, Miller is introducing multiple characters that experience changes in their decisions and negatively influence more people eventually leading up to the witch trials. The main point that the story revolves around is that people would rather lie and blame someone else instead of confessing and accepting the punishment.
(I.465-472). Seeing Abigail cry, it suggests that Abigail’s affair with John Proctor has influenced her behavior in jealousy and lust as she strives for nothing more than her love for John Proctor. By only being heartbroken, Abigail is not to be fully blamed for the hysteria within the town as her actions are only based on desperate attempts to win John Proctor over, and no intentional harm whatsoever. However, on the other hand, Abigail cannot be excused with outside forces making her the way she is due to the fact that she has clearly had a choice in most of her decisions and actions throughout the witchcraft crisis. When Mary Warren, another girl involved in the forest incident, enters the court, she explains to Danforth, the judge, that the girls are lying and are only pretending to see spirits.
Abigail blamed Tituba for witchcraft because Abigail did not want the blame and Tituba was an easy scapegoat since she is black. Abigail yelled at Paris, “She made me do it! She made Betty do it!”(1.905). This is just one of the victims of Abigail scapegoating. The main purpose, scapegoating, occurred more than vengeance did.
Abigail seeks vengeance after her affair with John Proctor. She is still madly obsessed with him. After John rejected her, she makes up lies in court in desperate attempt to get Goody Proctor hanged. She thinks if she gets rid of Goody Proctor she will be able to have John all to herself. One quote that supports this is “I do sir.
Abigail Williams accused John Proctor of participating in witchcraft. Seven months earlier Proctor had an affair with Abigail who worked as his maid. When John’s wife Elizabeth Proctor found out, she fired Abigail immediately. This left Elizabeth feeling doubtful of John.
Abigail notices this and ends up stabbing herself with a needle in the exact same place as the doll and says it was because of Elizabeth. Elizabeth is then arrested in claims of witchcraft. Soon after Elizabeth is arrested, John Proctor confesses to adultery. Elizabeth
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.
The Salem Witch trials took place in Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693 where people were killed if they were thought to be witches. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller writes about the witch trials and what happened during that time. The Crucible has many themes throughout the play. One prominent theme is the theme of mass hysteria. Mass hysteria is shown in many cases throughout the play such as the scenes when the people of the village of Salem are accused, in the court room while the people state their case, and when the townsfolk are about to be hung after failing to call out other witches.
“’She makes me drink blood”’ says Abigail (Miller 160). The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller. The play takes place during the Salem Witch Trials, where many people were accused of witchcraft. The accused were either jailed or hanged. In the play many characters are blind to the truth and are changing the path of life.