Theme Of Immorality In The Crucible

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“The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself” (Addams). Immorality is a very subjective concept, but sometimes it is undeniable. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Abigail Williams is shown to be the most immoral character through her constant disregard of others throughout the different events of the story, furthering the point that when in fearful situations people will only think about themselves. To begin, Abigail is shown disregarding others safety out of fear of not getting what she wants. Abigail is first shown disregarding Elizabeth Proctor’s life when she drank a charm in an attempt to kill her, so she did not have to be afraid of not having John Proctor. “You did, you did! You drank a charm to kill John Proctor’s wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!” (Miller 1223). In this quote Abigail is said to have drank a charm to literally try to kill Elizabeth Proctor. This evidently disregards Elizabeth’s safety because Abigail does not know or care if the charm actually kills Elizabeth but Abigail just wants to not have to be afraid of losing John Proctor so she doesn’t care about Elizabeth's safety. Abigail is again shown disregarding others safety when she threatens her friends to not tell others about their acts of witchcraft out of fear of getting in trouble. “Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy
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