Witches Influenced By Characters In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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How do we distinguish our enemies from our allies? An enemy is someone who betrays another individuals trust. People throughout history have always betrayed one another, especially when one persons misfortune is anothers gain. This is as true today as it was in the seventeenth century Colonial America. In Arthur Millers play, “The Crucible” about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, we see how this played out with tragic results.

During the late 1600’s, the city of Salem prohibited many actions in town as a group of young girls claimed to be influenced by the devil. The antagonist of this play, Abigail Williams was one of the first accusers in the Salem Witch Trials; and the protagonist John Proctor, where he was also known as the man that had an affair with
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The quote “I saw Goody Hawkins with the devil!”(Miller 1,48) by Abigail WIlliams, shows how her imputations that caused to start all the drama in court. The hysteria of Abigail Williams brought people in the court because every girl in Salem was being accused of participating in witchcraft. “I danced for the devil; I saw him; I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss his hand,”(Miller 1,48) was stated by Abigail Williams before she started accusing other girls and pointing fingers at other girls on the trials in order to get away from being accused of witchcraft. Both in McCarthyism and The Crucible, there was fear between the people. During McCarthyism, many individuals in America feared communism and all the consequences coming along with it. Similar to this situation, In the book The Crucible, there was fear of witchcraft that was going around and young girls in Salem were being accused of it. These two concepts were very similar to each other because both were driven by hysteria and lead to the prosecution of innocent people by the ill
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