The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Superstition is an irrational fear in which a person fears the unknown. Many times, superstition revolves around a religious belief and is not based on reason or knowledge. Superstition can sometimes involve fear, causing people to use fear to their advantage in order to achieve their goal. Their goal may vary from holding a grudge to obtaining revenge on someone that betrayed them. Arthur Miller displayed how a young girl named Abigail Williams used superstition and mass hysteria to her advantage in the book, “The Crucible”. Miller presents Abigail Williams as the most despicable character in the story. She is characterized as both cunning and manipulative. Abigail is driven by lust for power, jealousy, and cravings for attention. She is a character that cannot suppress her own desires and acts based on what she thinks is beneficial for herself. The author uses her to portray the typical weaknesses that humans face in their everyday lives. The story takes place in the early 1960s. The location is Salem, Massachusetts. This setting allows the reader to visualize how the social ladder was like during this time period in a puritan society. Many people were extremely religious. At the top of the social ladder were typically the wealthy and those that were considered to be the “closest to God”. Abigail Williams was at the bottom of the social ladder; she was a servant. When she was given the chance to appear on trial as the person with the closest connection to God, Abigail
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