To start off with one of the main characters of The Crucible─Reverend Samuel Parris─he is a minister of the church in the community who puts his authority as his first priority. On some circumstances, he will also try to cover up things not only for his ministry, but for his family. In the beginning of the play, he finds out about his niece Abigail practicing witchcraft and tries to get her to confess. “Parris: Now look you, child, your punishment will come in its time. But if you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it” (10). Reverend Parris is accusing Abigail for being associated with witchcraft, at the same time it sounds like a threat to Abigail and himself only
Abigail is the main challenge in this case because two of the people she targets to be accused of witchcraft is Tituba and Elizabeth. Miller uses pathos and irony to convey how Abigail becomes a problem in the salem community to accuse people of witchcraft. In page (41) it says “ Don’t lie to hale she comes to me while I sleep. She’s always making me dream corruptions”. This quote demonstrates irony because a while ago she just told John Proctor that Betty’s Colma has nothing to do with witchcraft , but she is now restating that by saying that tituba uses witchcraft to get in her head while she sleeps. In addition in page (151) she also says “ She is blackening my name in the village! She is telling lies about me! She is a cold, sniveling woman, and you bend to her! Let her turn you like a “ She acts like she’s mad at Elizabeth for making her look bad , however the bigger emotion she feels is envy since Elizabeth is the one married to John and not her. The quote shows pathos because Abigail is letting her emotions get to her and demonstrates that bad yelling at proctor and saying things about
Abigail is the most culpable for the events in The Crucible because if she was not out to get Elizabeth, this would not have happened. When the girls were first with Tituba, they were doing innocent love spells and dancing in the forest. It did not
All of this relates back to the theme of the, The Crucible to not believe in false accusations, because that’s exactly what happened even though the opposite should’ve happened when Tituba got accused and Abby was the guilty one. Another part of the story to show the theme is when Rebecca Nurse is being accused and even though this is so odd because everyone knows how good of a soul Rebecca is they still believe it just because someone accused her. It is explained here in the text, “You will never believe, I hope, that Rebecca trafficked with the Devil. Hale: Woman it is possible”(32). This part of the story shows the theme, because Rebecca is being falsely accused but everyone is still going along with it. Arthur Miller writes about why he wrote the crucible and says, “There was bad blood between the two women now”(3). Miller is talking about Abigail and Elizabeth in this part about how Elizabeth fired Abigail and now Abby is accusing John of witchcraft. This can explain the theme, because since those two have bad blood between them you can guess that Abby’s accusation is not the truth. This shows to not believe in false accusations, because they could be accusing someone for other reasons than just witchcraft. All in all the theme in The Crucible is to not believe in false accusations or accusations that had no proof, all these examples from the story showed it well because all the
A Tragedy as a literary Work is described in which there is a hero that is basically moral individual destroyed by some character flaw and by force beyond his or her control. That hero is a tragic hero who experiences an inner struggle because of this flaw. Because of his charter flaw and his struggle to do what is right, John Proctor is a tragic hero.
The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts during the year of 1692 and during this time, the Salem witch-hunts began. The Salem witch-hunt was one of the oddest and most fearsome epochs in human history. The numerous amounts of people that were prosecuted were all innocent and their lives were taken away due to the fallacious accusations of the Puritan’s belief in superstition and their paranoia that witches had walked among them. One accuser that is the reason this all started was Abigail Williams. Abigail Williams is to blame because she possesses the evil qualities of being remorselessness, jealous, and also having the quality of vengefulness. These qualities that Abigail have are direct contributions to the murder of many people who were unjustly hanged to death.
Arthur Miller has his own ideas of tragic hero and he says that a tragic hero is someone who stands up to there own person dignity and has a flaw (Miller 1). Truth is when someone does not lie and only says what is true. In reality truth can cause problems with people in a society. Identity is who someone is there qualities and beliefs. In the real world many people change who they are for others. The important thing is to only change for ourselves and not for others. Our identity is who we are and we have the power to change our own beliefs for ourselves only. The character Reverend Hale is symbolized as a tragic hero in order to preserve his integrity by changing his identity and being truthful because
In the story “The Crucible” Abigail and her cousin are accused of being witches. IN act one it states “We did dance, uncle, and when you leaped out of the bush so suddenly, Betty was frightened and then she fainted. And there’s the whole of it” (Abigail Page 1). They got caught dancing and doing things they were forbidden to do. Since that day the entire town thinks of then as witches. That being said Abigail tries to make things right. Additionally in act one Abigail states “let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word about a thing or I will came to you in the black of some terrible night” (Page 19). From there forward Abigail started to accuse Tituba. Tituba then confessed “He say Mr. Parris must be killed! And No! I don’t hate that man. I don’t want to kill that man”. But he says, “You work for me, Tituba, and I make you free!”(Page 44).This confession and accession give’s Abigail and Betty a chance to act Innocent and accuse random people as well.
In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, Miller demonstrated that it was Abigail’s flaws- lust, jealousy, and mendacity- that led her to be responsible the most for the tragedy of the witch-hunt in Salem. The Crucible focuses of the finding of young girls and a slave messing around in the woods, trying to conjure spirits from the dead. Rather than admit to their actions and face the consequences, the girls accuse everyone else of the crimes they were guilty of. Abigail Williams is the person who caused much of the drama in this story. She bears much responsibility for everyone meeting with Tituba in the woods. Once Parris discovers this meeting, Abigail attempts to keep her actions a secret because it would possibly reveal her affair with Proctor. Abigail lies to cover up her affair with proctor, and to stop the charges of witchcraft in order to prevent the terrible punishments that go along with the accusations.
1. Throughout The Crucible, the theme of mass hysteria is presented. For example, after Tituba “confessed” to have been working under pressure, Abigail screams “I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!” (54) The reason why Abigail suddenly “confesses” starts with Tituba. Tituba was under extreme pressure when Reverend Hale and many others were screaming at her; therefore she decided to just give them what they want – a confession – so they would stop. Seeing this, Abigail joins in that she will not be interrogated later, thus adding to the overall hysteria and madness of a witch hunt. In addition, the theme of vengeance is also displayed when John Proctor blatantly states “I'll tell you what's walking Salem - vengeance is walking Salem… now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom,
In the novel, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, Abigail, the antagonist in the book is to blame for all the events that occur because she was the one that first dabbled with witchcraft. In that time period, witchcraft was thought of as a sin, and if somebody was accused, they would be hung unless they confessed. She would be categorized as an instigator of her society since she played with witchcraft, and accused others, which would be hung if they didn’t confess. Many events in her past and present influence this behavior, and many problems occur because of her impact on the community. Abigail’s affair with John Proctor, her association with witchcraft and her accusation of others causes her to be blamed for the Salem Witch Trials in Massachusetts.
In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, Abigail is the most to blame for the Salem Witch Trials. During the beginning of the play, Abigail, Tituba, and some other girls from the village are caught dancing in the woods in the middle of the night, which was a sin during that time period. Abigail Williams is the seventeen year old niece of Rev.Samuel Parris who is the town's minister. She was hired by John and Elizabeth Proctor to help tend to the house and help care for their three sons because Elizabeth was a very sickly woman. One day Elizabeth caught John committing adultery with Abigail, and she was fired on the spot. After this, Elizabeth began to tell her friends not to hire Abigail because she might try to do the same with their husbands too. Abigail was very
One of the three major themes that is brought upon in The Crucible is groupthink, a phenomenon where people in a group make irrational decisions in order to fit in with the rest of the group to stand out. In this play, witchcraft plays a major role in the fate of many, whether it be deemed real or not. The main ideology that makes this theme true is when the female characters in this story are encountered with being accused of witchcraft, such as Abigail Williams, and Sarah Good, etc. When caught dancing in the woods next to a burning cauldron, the ladies profusely try to deny and cover up their story, only to end up blaming innocent souls. Doing so, an ample chain of accusations spread rapidly through the church and the town, making nearly everyone insane. Abigail was one of the first to cause this by saying, “‘I never called him! Tituba, Tituba…” (Miller 481). Another example, in the church/court,
It was very dangerous for people in “The Crucible” because they were pressured into picking sides. There are several young girls in the book from Salem who jump onto the bandwagon by accusing anyone they think might be associated with witchcraft. All the girls in Salem did this because they knew if they got in Abigail’s way that she would accuse one of them. A perfect example of this is when Abigail begun to scream because Mary Warren was “sending her spirit at them” after she is called into court for having proof that she did not see spirits as she said to have, if she didn’t do this, witchcraft would not be a problem in Salem: “Abigail: There is- Suddenly from an accusatory attitude, her face turns, looking into the air
In The Crucible, Abigail Williams, John Proctor, and Elizabeth Proctor are arguably the most important characters. The affair between Abigail and John drives the plot of the play. Abigail begins accusing societal outcasts as witches and gradually works her way up the social ladder until she is able to accuse an upstanding citizen like Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch and having people believe the accusation. She accused Elizabeth of being a witch so that Elizabeth would be hanged. Then, Abigail would have John Proctor all to herself. Abigail, while certainly diabolical and ruthless, is rather misrepresented. Abigail has received nothing but tragedy in her life; short, though it is at this point. Her parents are killed in front of her at a very young age and while there is not anyway you can take that in a sympathetic aspect, seeing as she uses it to convince the girls to do her bidding, it is very clear that this image has stuck with her. The Crucible paints John in the position of a tragic hero and then ineluctably places Abigail in the light of an antagonist with no hope of retribution. Once you commend John for his actions, you must implicate Abigail for hers. Simply stated, Abigail should not just be incriminated based on what information we are provided. Abigail, while still very much faulty in her actions, deserves to be examined at a deeper level to provide you with the full understanding of just why this woman’s scorning was her breaking point.