A Shift of Power in Arthur Miller’s Play, The Crucible

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Burke’s words are proven true in many facets of the human experience. In Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, a shift of power is portrayed through Abigal’s sly manipulation. Arthur Miller takes a historical context, that of the Salem Witch Trials, and shows how simple actions can alter the course of history. The disintegration of an orderly Puritan society into one that is governed by chaos and hysteria is caused by a radical change in the normally male dominated power by a woman whose pride has been bruised. In the beginning of the play, Abigal Williams does not rank very high within the society of Salem. Once a servant girl within the Proctor household, Abigal is not considered to have much standing in her village’s eyes. Her pride and desire to become elevated motivates much of her actions within the play. She rises above her modest and somewhat demeaning stature to find a way to seek revenge and utilizes the commonly feared witchcraft as her vehicle. When a group of girls is found to be dancing in the woods, suspicions of witchcraft soon follow. A part of this group, Abigal seizes upon this episode to seed doubt in her community and become the one who yields power in the discovery’s wake. She manipulates at every turn, and it appears her sole motive is to seek revenge on John Proctor and his wife Elizabeth. Once John’s lover she has been spurned…
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