The Crucible

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Who evokes the most sympathy in the play? Arthur Miller’s famous 1952 court room drama ‘The Crucible’, based on the 1692 Salem Tragedy, explores the hysteria, strong theocracy and the importance of reputation in the town Salem. Many characters in ‘The Crucible’ generate empathy, but many do not. Sympathy does form for Abigail Williams the most, despite the fact she is seen as the play’s “evil villain”. Other characters however, also evoke condolence and concern like the honourable hero of the play, John Proctor and Giles Corey. The poor Giles Corey unintentionally condemned his wife Martha to be hanged for witchcraft, by accidently asking about behaviour she practiced he found odd. Not only would being separated by your loved one be…show more content…
She manipulated other members of the community in Salem, causing more and more people being thought to be practising witchcraft, causing many innocent deaths. Abigail used the towns fear as her advantage, but was caught in the hysteria herself, it was like a drug to her. Abigail Williams however was an orphan. She sore “Indians smash” her parents on the pillow next to hers. This probably added to her strong personality and strong views. She fell in love with John, but he didn’t love her back. Abigail just wanted someone to love her, she was lonely, she was broken. She tried to kill Elizabeth to have John to herself, but in the end it was John who was hanged, and it was her fault. She had to live with the fact she killed her lover, and so many innocent people. Seeing your parents murdered would be incredibly traumatic, disturbing and overwhelming. All this together would have made her actions reflect jealousy and abandonment. It’s hard not to feel sorry for her. Although Giles Corey and John Proctor didn’t cause the devastation that Abigail William produced, Abigail evokes the most sympathy, as having such a rough childhood and then loosing the one person you love would be tough. Acting the way she did caused so many traumas, but for someone to commit such acts must show she was really emotionally unstable. Giles Corey died to save a friend, and

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