The Theme of Evilness in The Crucible by Arthur Miller Essay

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The Theme of Evilness in The Crucible by Arthur Miller In any type of society there is evil. Evil lives amongst us all, sometimes in the people you would least suspect. Everybody in 'The Crucible' has sinned in some way, except for Rebecca Nurse. The play almost certainly starts off with an element of evil. The people of Salem are puritans, so if it were known that a group of girls were dancing naked and attempting to conjure up any spells in a forest, it would certainly be thought of as evil. This is exactly what Abigail and the other girls were doing, however Abigail did admit to dancing, but she did not admit to witchcraft. Parris is understandably upset, "your punishment will come in its…show more content…
Lust ~ Abigail posses lust for John Proctor, "You loved me then and you do now!" Abigail tries to manipulate Proctor with her animal type language, "Sweated like a stallion whenever I came near!" Proctor blames himself for Abby's lust for him. On the other hand, Elizabeth blames herself for John's lechery, "cold house I kept", she thought she lacked affection, she asked for forgiveness, and holds herself responsible for Abigail's lust. Envy - Abigail is envious of John Proctor's wife Elizabeth Proctor, "Oh I marvel how much a strong man may let such a sickly wife be." Abigail is the person who started the initial accusation of witchcraft. It is a deliberate act when she accuses Tituba, it is very well calculated and believable. "I always hear her laughing in my sleep." Her friends help her because they are so frightened of what she might do. Abigail might be a bully, but she is indeed very clever. She ceased on the opportunity to call witchcraft on Elizabeth, when Mary Warren was making a puppet in court. She knew that Mary had put the needle she was using into the doll for safe keeping. Soon afterwards reverend Hale and Cheever visited the proctor residence. They reported that,

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