In a time when women were thought of as airheaded and unconcerned with matters of importance by men, a woman’s compassion and intuition can hold incredible power. “In a Jury of Her Peers”, Minnie Wright is judged by her peers, and by their knowledge of her prior life, her current circumstances, and forced destitution, she is found innocent. In the story, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters accompany their husbands to the Wright home in a quest to find evidence implicating Minnie Wright in the murder of her husband. From the moment they enter the home, Mrs. Hale is sympathetic to Minnie Wright. When the county attorney looks over Minnie Wrights kitchen and states, “Not much of a housekeeper, would you say ladies?” Mrs. Hale’s stiff reply is, “There’s a great deal of work to be done on a farm.” Although Mrs. Peters begins the story with a firm stance of support for her husband saying, “Of course it’s no more than their duty,” in response to Mrs. Hales comment about the men snooping. However; as the story progresses, Mrs. Peters views begin to match with Mrs. Hale.
Sometimes her mom would make her help with cutting onions or peeling peaches and as soon as she was done she would run out the door when her mom’s back was turned. She viewed the chores inside the house was endless and depressing and would much rather work outside. She hears her mother stating that she can’t wait till the son, Laird gets bigger so he can do the chores outside and the girl can do the chorus inside with her. The mother states, “I just get my back turned and she runs off. It’s not like I had a girl in the family at all.” At this point the girl feels like she can’t trust her mother, she knows her mother loved her yet she feels like her mom is always plotting against her to keep her from working with her father. She didn’t expect her father to really listen to what her mother was saying, Laird, in her mind wouldn’t be able to do the job as well as she does. Looking at her father’s bloody apron she reminds that reader that the foxes were feed horse meat, other farmers whose horses will get old or injured would call her father and him and henry would go kill it and butchered it. However, if they already had a lot of meat they would keep them for a while. The winter she turned eleven they had two horses, Flora and Mack. It was this winter where she heard her mother go on more about her helping in the house. She states that she no longer feels safe because the people around her who thought the same way. She stated, “The word girl had formerly seemed to
Abigail Williams is a manipulative, vengeful 17-year-old girl that will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. Abigail is the antagonist in the play, The Crucible by Arthur Miller. She lost her parents at a young age, and has been living with her uncle for several years. Abigail is directly responsible for the mass hysteria in Salem, which caused innocent people to become accused and executed. She deeply cares about protecting her reputation, even though she had an affair with a married man. Some people may defend Abigail’s character for various reasons. However, her actions throughout the play prove that she is a selfish, villainous character.
Is it possible for one person to be capable of bringing down an entire society? Arthur Miller’s novel The Crucible, gives an accurate representation of how one act and one person can be the catalyst for so many atrocious crimes. When we closely examine the motives and actions of Abigail Williams we see just how corrupt and evil a scorned lover can be. She portrays these types of qualities, vengefulness,jealousy, and mendacity through her actions and speech.
“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.
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.
It is often considered that outward appearance will be the first thing notice when establishing a first impression of you, but some may beg to differ. When evaluating the impression someone has left on someone else, it is important to note the personality of said person and how they present themselves; what tone of voice they’ve used towards another individual. Sarah in the Heretic’s Daughter begins by presenting herself in a way which many people dislike and find to be rather annoying, but as the novel evolves, so does she. In the Heretic’s Daughter, Kathleen Kent establishes a sensitive, yet dramatic and opinionated character through characterization and tone in her vivid word choice to create the character of Sarah and allow you to see her evolve as the novel plays out.
“The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance” (Socrates). In Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay, it is determined that this quote is in fact true. In the novel, Sarah a ten year old girl is introduced. Sarah lived in Paris during 1942 when Hitler demanded that all Jews be arrested and sent to concentration camps. Most of the Jews had no information on what was going on, especially in France where the French police rounded up all the Jews and brought them to concentration camps. Major conflicts arise in the novel because of character’s lack of knowledge. Sarah’s innocence created her lack of knowledge leading to her brother Michel's death additionally, William’s lack of knowledge created a conflict within himself, and finally
Tatiana de Rosnay starts off Sarah’s Key by placing the fictional character of Sarah into the real life roundup of Jewish people that occurred at the Vel' d'Hiv bicycle stadium in France.
Imagine causing the deaths of sixteen innocent people for the love of a man. Arthur Miller describes Abigail Williams in, “The Crucible” as a very manipulative and vindictive woman. She tends to be decisive but makes the wrong decisions. She hurts others around her to get what she wants. Abigail thinks very highly of herself and that she can do no wrong. All of her actions are due to her affair with John Proctor. When the Salem trials broke ground Abigail was confident however as they began to demise she seemed like a coward.
Abigail Williams is a young girl and hands down one of the most important characters in the play The Crucible by Arthur miller. Her main role throughout the script is to corrupt, disrupt and destroy everyone and everything that doesn’t favor her. So with that, she plays a simple but villainous role more sinister than them all; and without her, the play likely wouldn't be viewed as anything more than lackluster. What sticks out most about Abigail is her immortality , lack of ethics and compassion which leads the audience to believe she’s the villain and main evil attraction of the play.
Initially, in Trifles by Susan Glaspell there was a sense of mystery regarding who killed Mr. Wright in his bed while sleeping next to his wife. The detective, and the county attorney along with their wives and a witness arrived at the Wright’s residence to gather evidence in the case. The wives were along for the trip expected to wait for their husbands to do the detective work as they chat with one another. The men discounted the women’s abilities and say, “Well, women are used to worrying over trifles”, (Glaspell, pp 775) which means that women worry about small unimportant things and make big deals out of them. However, the women begin to discover subtle clues as to what occurred in the home leading up to his death. Mrs. Hale is Mrs. Wright’s neighbor she
Separate but equal would never be enough for Sarah Grimke. Born in the wrong era and driven by reformist values, such as equal rights for African Americans as well as women, Sarah is more than willing to be labeled an outcast in order to speak out against the social evils of the early 1800s. Unfortunately, due to her family’s roots in Charleston, South Carolina as traditional plantation owners, Sarah’s thoughts are not met with approval or recognition in the slightest. Sarah forges her own diverging path of mutiny and audacity in an era where there are few like-minded progressives. However, while the path may be the one less traveled by, it is not devoid of hindrances or tests. Sarah Grimke faces countless obstacles in her life that ultimately serve as moral and emotional tests: pushing her to develop her own identity, steering her towards a life of abolition, and compelling her to truly make a difference in the lives of others.
Mrs. May views Mrs. Greenleaf, the wife of her hand around the farm, as one of the lowest members of society. Mrs. May not only sees her as less of a woman than she is, but is resentful of the manner in which she lives her life. From Mrs. May’s first introduction to the woman of the Greenleaf family, when Mrs. Greenleaf and her five daughters pulled up to her farm in a “pieced-together truck” (26), she has resented the mangy manner in that the Greenleaf woman, lead by Mrs. Greenleaf, live their life. Because they do not necessarily care about being the stately woman Mrs. May thinks they should be, Mrs. May views them as less than her and not as true woman. Further, Mrs. May has an incident when she runs into Mrs. Greenleaf observing her religious practices in the woods. This involved Mrs. Greenleaf, after she cut out horrible stories from newspapers digging a hole in the woods, burying them and falling to the group and moaning for an hour or so. Mrs. May describes the experience as Mrs. Greenleaf, “moving her huge arms back and
In “Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story” by Russell Banks, the main character Ron believing himself to be so much more above the woman he once dated because of his great looks. Ron was a successful lawyer in the state of New Hampshire when he met a woman named Sarah Cole. Except there was a catch—Sarah Cole was the most homely woman Ron had ever seen. Despite that, Ron and Sarah eventually engage in a relationship that would soon take a turn for the worst. Now, 10 years later, Ron tries to relive those past events with Sarah, to figure out what if what he had done to Sarah was wrong. Ron comes to the conclusion that he mistreated Sarah because he was so