When the play commenced it starts with a projector, projecting onto the curtains the dates and the Communist accusation tapes post-Cold War, conveying an early message of, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." When the movie initiated it starts with the girls all getting dressed to go out in the woods to do a ritual, “What you bring me?” As the girl’s hand in their sacrifices they begin to say names, “Joseph Baker, Richard Wilkens, Matthew Hopkins, Daniel Hopkins, Daniel Poole, Jacob Pope, William Bridges, Adam, Town, Jacob Poole, Michael Pope.” In the book it starts up with Reverend Parris, Tituba, Abigail Williams, and Susanna around Betty wondering why she does not wake. The play shows a real time action part, that neither the movie, or the book could equiponderate. The Abigail Williams from the play was portrayed better than in the book or movie. Every single time in the play she talked there was live music that delineates how the audience should feel and know that she is lying or telling the truth. In the book she was characterized as a lustful nineteen year old that thinks after having a tryst with someone means that you’re in love. In the movie Abigail Williams was a bit of an extremist because she, at first, was a timid young girl, then the next minute she chopped off the chicken’s head and drank some blood after hearing the girls say she wants John Proctor. In the movie Abigail Williams accuses Reverend Hale’s wife to be a witch, while in the book
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Would you have innocent people die so that you could be with a married man that had kids? Well that is exactly what Abigail Williams did in the play, The Crucible. The play took place in the 1600's in Salem, Massachusetts. Abigail Williams was so exhilarated with this guy, who was married with kids, that she would do anything to be with him. She spoke one lie, and it soon became a monster that she could not tame. Anyone who reads The Crucible knows to not follow by Abigail's precedent because her attention seeking personality, lust for guys, and craven behavior destroyed her town and peoples lives.
Comparing and Contrasting the Roles and Characteristics of Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Abigail WIlliams beliefs, behavior, and motives are the same as Joseph McCarthy. Abigail williams beliefs are the same as Joseph McCarthy in a way because in The Crucible Abigail Williams accused people in her town of being witches and Joseph McCarthy accused people of being communist even when they weren't but some of their motives were different. Joseph McCarthy accused people of being communist because he was scared that there were communist in the U.S.A . Abigail accused the people that she didn't like of being witches so that they could be imprisoned and killed. One thing that made them different was that Joseph McCarthy thought what he was doing was right when Abigail Williams knew what she was doing was wrong but she accused people anyways. They also had followers who blindly followed them and believed what they were saying was true but that was only because those people were afraid like them too. Those people had the same fears that communist were going to take over or that witches were in their holy town and that these communist and witches were there just to corrupt and take away what they loved. Their followers were also a bunch a “yes men” whenever there was someone who disagreed with what they were doing they would accuse them of being a communist or they would
“The most memorable characters in fiction are not people most of us would choose as our friends” (Allen 1). Readers find it intriguing to learn about a character that lacks predictability: they could do no wrong in one scene, then turn around and become a backstabbing liar in the next. The same characteristics that would not make the best of friends. Irregularity makes a character and the story, for that matter, interesting. Abigail Williams from The Crucible develops into a character that readers love to hate. Her anger, her cunning, her passion, every twist and turn she brings throughout the play brings fascination with it. She would not be an especially remarkable candidate for a best friend, however, but it perusers find it extremely easy to remember her. Abigail exhibits memorability not because of the qualities that prove a good friend, but because of her intransigence, her passion, her accusatory behavior, and her manipulation.
The first reason that Abigail Williams is not the perfect Puritan woman is because she acts strange in church. For example Abigail started to laugh during church at the prayers that were being recited by the community. Next Abigail started acting like she was getting attacked by a familiar of the accused witch during each trial, from being choked and fainting, being extremely cold to saying that the familiar is in the court room with them.
In February of 1692, a small Puritan community in colonial Massachusetts were shaken out of their routine when talk of the Devil’s presence in the town spread throughout the small population. What started as a small lie used to get a group of young girls out of trouble soon turned into a huge conspiracy resulting in around twenty executions. Abigail Williams, a young Puritan girl hopelessly in love with a married man, seeks revenge on her married lover’s wife. Abigail was caught doing the unspeakable in the woods, and in an effort to cover her tracks, she manipulates the entire town into believing her innocence.
Have you ever tried to compare and contrast two different stories? In this case, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author of short story Young Goodman Brown, and the play called The Crucible, wrote these two stories as if they were meant to be compared and contrasted. Whether it is Young Goodman Brown himself, or Abigail Williams from The Crucible, there are many similarities, along with differences between them. Along with comparing characters of these stories, we can also compare and contrast the two main themes. These themes are hysteria, and community. In The Crucible, the main theme is hysteria because it seems to overcome a majority of characters. In Young Goodman Brown the main theme would be community. It is because of community, and
It all started with Abigail Williams and John Proctor fooling around. John Proctor has a wife and he continues to flirt with Abigail Williams. Abigail was a housemaid for the Proctor family, but was recently fired because Elizabeth Proctor had suspicions and did not like Abigail. After, John still did not stop flirting with her. He would go to her house. John just does not know how crazy Abigail is.
In a puritan society, children do not often get to play around or have fun like a child would in a more modern American society. Often times the young girls live with close relative's to learn how to be a midwife; one of the only acceptable professions for a female to have. Abigail Williams was an example of a young girl doing just that. She lived with her Uncle, a local Reverend named Samuel Parris. Reverend Parris also had a daughter of his own named Betty. Abigail (11) and her younger cousin Betty (9) started to show illness sometime during January, 1692. The young girls started having hallucinations of spirits pinching them and attempting to cause bodily harm. The girls, later joined by Anne Putnam Jr, also screamed out in pain over seemingly
Opening Statement: Abigail Williams vs. Elizabeth Proctor May it please the court, counsel, members of the jury; this is a case of conspiracy of the murder of Elizabeth Proctor. You are here because in the spring of 1692, the defendant, Abigail Williams, committed the crime of conspiring to murder Elizabeth Proctor. It is the burden of the prosecution to prove to you beyond a reasonable doubt that Abigail Williams is guilty of plotting the murder of Elizabeth Proctor.
On February 27, 1933, the Reichstag was burned down in Germany, this event created fear and hysteria throughout Germany. Adolf Hitler used this as an opportunity to rise to power by using the fear of communism to appeal to the masses. Likewise, in Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, the character Abigail Williams uses Salem’s fear of witchcraft and the mass hysteria to rise to power. Arthur Miller argues that leadership through fear, driven by the desire for power, leads to immorality and hysteria.
Parasites are disgusting, twisted and demonic like beings that can take over your body and destroy you from the inside out. In a the story The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, there is a character named Abigail Williams and she is the perfect representation of a parasite in the Puritan society. The things she does eats the Puritan society from the inside out. She has committed adultery, she is a filthy liar, and she disobeys her guardians. Because of her filthy ways she has caused some people of Salem, a town in the story, to be hanged to save herself. In this paper, I will provide reasons why I think Abigail Williams is not a pure puritan woman.
Throughout The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor are clear antipodes of each other. While Elizabeth is the epitome of a good, godly woman, Abigail is the direct opposite, constantly lying and blaming others for her own benefit. Elizabeth continually is selfless, honest, and loyal to those around, while Abigail could not care less. Abigail and Elizabeth clearly seem to resemble the differences between right and wrong. Over the course of the play, both characters prove to be foils of each other through their strikingly contrasting actions and character traits, and overall have an effect on the play.
Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams are two very important, yet opposite behaving characters in The Crucible. Both ladies roles in the story can be determined by what each represents and what each is motivated by, which will determine what happens at the end of the play. Foil characters, a character who contrasts with another character in order to highlight particular qualities of the other character, are exactly what both of these ladies play as. Elizabeth Proctor, an honest and forgiving women, is the last good thing John Proctor has in his life. While Elizabeth’s character is fairly easy to understand, Abigail Williams is a bit more confusing and complex. Abigail is a girl who does not have any morals and just does what she wants. Abigail
The examination of Rebecca Nurse was recorded by the Reverend Samuel Parris, whose own young daughter Betty was one of the accusers together Betty's cousin, twelve-year old Abigail Williams. He writes that the examination opened with Hathorne turning his attention not to Nurse, but rather to Abigail Williams. Williams reported to the magistrates that the apparition of Nurse had just that morning, as well as on previous occasions, afflicted her. Shortly after this statement, Ann Putnam, Jr. launched into a "grievous fit" and before Rebecca Nurse even began to testify, the the tone of the examination had been