Who Is To Blame In The Crucible

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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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