In 1952 a play was written by Arthur Miller, about events that happened in Salem in 1692. The play was about affairs, accusations, and innocent people being accused of witches. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail and Mary Warren are introduced as two separate people. Although people might see Abigail and Mary Warren as two separate people and nothing alike, they are more alike than meet's the eye. Abigail and Mary Warren have three things in common; they are both are deceitful, they both dishonest, and they are both apprehensive.
The characters in Arthur millers The Crucible can teach a lot about people. People can be horrible and terribly deceptive. When placed under pressures and after experiencing trauma peoples real character can come out. In the case of The Crucible Abigail is shown for what she really is. She gets a kind of power and this corrupts her to use the situation to have Elizabeth Proctor sent to jail. Abigail is not the only one who takes advantage of the
The Crucible is a controversial piece of literature by Arthur Miller. Abigail Williams is in love with John Proctor, whom she has an affair with. John is married to Elizabeth, and when she finds out that John is sleeping with Abigail, she fires her. Abigail hates Elizabeth’s guts. She will do anything to get rid of Elizabeth and have John all to herself. Abigail Williams’ actions stir up trouble in the town of Salem, and she is caught up too deep in her lies and manipulations. The main character Abigail Williams demonstrates that unjust people escape consequences by pointing fingers, turning people against each other, and running away.
The text and film adaptation of The Crucible complement each other, catching the essence of Arthur Miller’s central themes and messages. Although the film reiterates the theme and the basis of the play, there are many differences to contrast. The film featured scenes that were merely referenced in the text, allowing the audience to fully grasp the storyline. These additions are also necessary to convey emotions and accentuate important attributes of the characters.
Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible and David Rothkopf’s TED Talk How Fear Drives America Politics are two significant texts that emphasise a fundamental political message that remains timeless throughout both the Puritan society within the world of the play and the contemporary society of Miller and Rothkopf. Ultimately the use of fear in order to gain political advantage and control the masses is a profound power present in the political dimension that is explored within both these texts and offers personal insight into the McCarthy era of the Cold War that Miller was subjected to and the post-9/11 hysteria that gripped America when Rothkopf was emerging as a prominent journalist. Miller’s depiction of Abigail and the girls in particular and
The Crucible, an original play written by Arthur Miller, has had a multitude of adaptations come out after its’ release in 1953. Among these adaptations are the movie, The Crucible, directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder and local performances of the play, such as the one seen at the Civic Theatre. The Crucible is about the people of Salem, MA and trouble of the accusations of witchery after Abigail, the niece of Reverend Parris, has an affair with the married John Proctor and he denies her when she attempts to do it again. Specifically, Abigail’s reaction to the rejection in the movie is portrayed so much more realistic than it is in the play and the entire cast portraying their characters realistically for how it was appropriate for the setting of the movie. Although the movie was exceptional in content, the universal portrayal of the characters was better in the movie. Overall, The Crucible movie version, directed by Nicholas Hytner, portrayed the characters better the play because Winona Ryder portrayed Abigail Williams better than the written play did, and the cast as a whole worked together to create the mood of the historical time period of both the Salem Witch Trials and the communist era. Additionally, even though the written play was amazing due to it being ‘first’, the movie was still better at portraying the development of the characters.
A book and a play, both are extremely widely read and interpreted in countless different ways. These two are thought to be prime examples of American Literature. Arthur Miller was born on October 17, 1915, and he published his play, The Crucible, in January of 1953. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804, and his book, The Scarlet Letter, came out to print in March of 1850. These two types of literature were published roughly 100 years apart, so there are minute changes in the way they were written. Both are set in early 1700’s Massachusetts, but The Crucible is in Salem, and The Scarlet Letter is set in Boston. There are many similarities and differences between the two, the biggest three are how adultery plays a role in puritan
“Uncle, we did dance; let you tell them I confessed-and I’ll be whipped if I must be. But there speakin’ of witch craft.” Could you imagine being accused of witchcraft just for being out in the woods, dancing around a fire with some friends? From Abigail Williams motives, the choices she make, along with the consequences that are put in to place that has caused this chaos, to the person Abigail has become by the end of the play. The Crucible by Arthur Miller, is an emotional rollercoaster.
Another event that the lust between John and Abigail leads to is the hanging of many people in the village who are thought to be Christian people including John himself. Sometimes people do not always realize that what they have done can affect so many people in many different ways. In The Crucible some ways that people are affected is by them being accused of something they never did, some other villagers turning on them, and some being hung for the crime of witchery. Miller uses the lust between John and Abigail to show that even though they might not think of it as wrong it ends up hurting the other people around them as well as themselves. People will go to extreme measures to get what they want or get what they do not have. In The Crucible Abigail goes to the extreme
Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible has a variety of unique and memorable characters that change & progress throughout the entire play. Some characters may even change the final outcome of the entire story. Abigail Williams, an antagonist in the play is a character some may describe her as dreadful. I myself would describe her as smart and persuasive because of the way she tried to manipulate everyone. Abigail's actions are quite obvious, but I believe she doesn’t deserve all the blame for what she has done.
What begins as a slight concealment of the truth can often run rampant, quickly becoming a situation that none could ever anticipate or control. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Abigail Williams is a manipulative and deceitful young woman who generates a panic in the Salem community with accusations of witchcraft. Abigail plays a key role in the story as an adulterer and an influence over the younger girls in the trials. As the story progresses, she employs devious methods to create drama and further heighten the tension and unease in the town.
There were many conflicts and troubles in this play. No one was getting along and there were many arguments. This all started when Abigail and a group of girls went dancing in a forest trying to conjure up spirits. They get caught and to not get in trouble, the girls blame others and somehow get away with it. Many people are taken to jail, and many even hung. All this instead of just telling the truth. Many struggle with telling the truth because they are scared of the consequence. “Keeping everyone happy and telling the truth at the same time is an extraordinarily difficult art.” (Howell). By Abigail blaming others, it causes the judge to come in the picture and many more others. In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, a young girl named Abigail, Judge Danforth, and all the townspeople were the reasons why there were so much mass hysteria in Salem.
In the story the crucible there are many changes between the play and the movie. Most of them are not very significant changes. There are a few that make people think more though. The first one that is pretty significant is we are shown the girls and Tituba dancing in the forest. This part is mostly for dramatic effect in the visual aspect of the movie. In the play this part is only mentioned as a flashback. Another difference between the play in the movie was in the movie the girls are taunting Mary Warren in and out of court. This adds on to the facts of everyone thinking Mary Warren is insane. Another thing was that Abigail and John met in the forest at one point to talk. This may have lead somewhat to Abigail stabbing herself with the needle