Essay about Finding the Characters in The Crucible Sympathetic

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Finding the Characters in The Crucible Sympathetic Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible', portrays the hysteria created in a paranoid society that is pent-up with vengeance and retribution, when 'the balance within a community begins to turn towards greater individual freedom'. When discussing this play we must look at the audience's awareness of the parallels between the period when the play is set and the time when it is written. The initial audience of the 1950's would be aware of the paranoia in Salem and the persecution of people who value their morals. However audiences today are aware of the double paranoia created by the clear parallels between the witch trials and Arthur Miller's personal experiences of being accused of…show more content…
Then under the care of her uncle, Parris, during her employment at the Proctor's household, she fell in love and had an affair with John Proctor. However her love was unrequited, despite misguided impressions that John loved her. These dire events in Abigail's life led to her manipulative, selfish yet desperate nature and this nature is what empowered Abigail to 'cry witch'. Miller's portrayal of Abigail endears with her language displaying hysteria, power, love, and the harsh reality of her childhood, all of which were factors empowering her to impel the trials. These factors are demonstrated in both the dialogue and the stage directions accompanying them. Abigail undoubtedly displays hysterical qualities, without them her imagination alone could not have capacitated such a dramatic ploy. This is shown particularly in Act 3. For example her being in 'genuine conversation' with the 'bird', 'But god made my face; you cannot want to tear my face.' The stage directions often dictate that she is 'transfixed', 'open mouthed', 'frightened eyes' creating the sense that she truly believes what is 'happening' to her. Abigail is a powerful girl, clever and even 'manipulative'. Her part in the trials is apparently unsympathetic due to her adopted role as the leader of the girls i.e. the witnesses. This power is demonstrated through her authoritative short, sharp, to the point sentences when addressing the girls, 'Now look you. All of you.', 'We danced.',
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