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Comparison of Elizabeth Proctor with Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Comparison of Elizabeth Proctor with Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor, the leading female characters in 'The Crucible'. Both show determination in order to get what they want. Abigail, a cunning girl that is out for revenge, feels she has superiority over many of the other characters even though she is only a young girl. Elizabeth's character portrays a wife in distress after she finds out about her husband's affair, yet she still has courage throughout the play....   [tags: Abigail Williams The Crucible]
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Abigail Williams of The Crucible - Abigail Williams is manipulative and wants everything to go her way. She is the main character and causes trouble everywhere she goes. The Salem Witch Trials is about hearings and prosecutions of people who were accused of witchcraft. In The Crucible Abigail is a no good villain. Abigail first commits adultery with Elizabeth’s husband. Later on Abigail begins to accuse innocent people of doing witchcraft which causes them to die. Abigail Williams uses the Salem Witch Trials to put out all the resentment she has toward everyone....   [tags: The Crucible Essays]
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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - It seems unbelievable that Abigail Williams could have caused so much horror in Salem. How does Millar present the situation as believable to an audience. The horror in Millar's novel 'The Crucible' is based on the accusations of witchcraft in Salem in 1692. A woman called Betty Parris is caught dancing naked in the woods and goes into a coma like state. This affects the reader by making them think that Abigail is so scared about getting caught, she goes into a coma. The reader may feel sorry for Betty and even shocked by the effect on her....   [tags: Essays on Abigail Williams] 767 words
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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Crucible is a powerful and disturbing drama based on a true event from American history: The Salem Witch Trials of 1692. It shows how weak the human beings really are, and how greediness and a want for personal gain and power can become dangerous, out of control and can stretch human beings to their limits. A similar thing to the Salem Witch Trials happened again in the 1950’s in the USA, when the Americans felt threatened by communism, and anyone suspected of left-wing (communist) views was arrested for taking part in ‘Un-American Activities’....   [tags: Essays on Abigail Williams] 813 words
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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, is about the persecution of people falsely accused of being witches or believing in witches in Salem. Many people die in the village after a series of lies and unjust practices. Abigail Williams, after having had an affair with Proctor, begins this cycle of lies to make her feel more important in Salem. Her character includes both superiority and resentment throughout the play so far and the way she does it shows that she is rebelling against the compressed society....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 816 words
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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Analyse the ways in which Miller presents the character of Abigail Williams. During this essay I will introduce the main points involved in answering the proposed question. I will explore the certain aspects of Abigail’s personality and how it is an important role in portraying her reasons for her actions. I will also analyse the ways in which Abigail’s personality changes through the progression of the play. I will sum up which points have a bigger effect on her intentions and motivations and the effect she has on the characters of the play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1712 words
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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Character of Abigail in The Crucible Abigail plays a very important role in The Crucible. In fact it is likely that without her the play would not exist. She is the source of everything that goes wrong in the play and her attempts to defend herself from the consequences of her own actions ruin many people's lives. Abigail has a relationship with John Proctor before the play begins. This relationship results in her being dismissed from her job as a servant and it explains why Abigail targets Elizabeth Proctor later on in the play....   [tags: Essays on Abigail Williams] 597 words
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Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Abigail in Arthur Miller's The Crucible "The Crucible" is a play based upon the events that occurred in Salem circa 1690s. The witch trials were not just in America, but occurred in Europe too. Arthur Miller wrote this play, and also wrote the screenplay for the movie based on his play script. This has been produced in theatres countless times, as it is so dramatic, and appeals to audiences. We are introduced to the character of Abigail Williams in the very first scene. This shows that she is a pivotal character in the play....   [tags: Essays on Abigail Williams] 2348 words
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Free Essays on The Crucible: The Character of Abigail Williams - The Crucible – The Character of Abigail Abigail Williams the main character in The Crucible by Arthur Miller draws the interest of the reader as she is a wicked, confident girl who lies to get what she wants and defends her name and her life. Abigail is a defensive girl. She is always defending her reputation and herself to get out of trouble. Abigail was on orphan, her uncle Parris feeds and clothes her. She was also expelled from the house by Goody Proctor, therefore she has little standing in village....   [tags: Essays on Abigail Williams] 557 words
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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - In Arthur Miller's play The Crucible Abigail Williams, an unmarried orphan in the Massachusetts town of Salem, incessantly grows more jealous, her desire for vengeance only grows stronger, and her selfishness escalates. She repeatedly lies to save herself by denying her involvement in witchcraft. Abigail's Jealousy of Elizabeth Proctor intensifies in attempt to realize her desire for Elizabeth's husband John Proctor. In order to save herself she accuses the innocent, without any sense of ethical violation....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 614 words
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Evilness And Selfishness Of Abigail Williams In The Crucible - The Crucible: The Evilness and Selfishness of Abigail Williams In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, there is one character who, because of her selfish and evil ways, causes the destruction of many people in the town of Salem. This character is Abigail Williams. In the play, jealousy, and self- interest are the two characteristics that are seen constantly throughout the play. These characteristics pertain particularly to Abigail, and give a graphic description of her life, and how she deals with things in it....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 942 words
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The Crucible: Abigail Williams is to Blame - The Crucible - Abigail Williams is to Blame In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, the main character Abigail Williams is to blame for the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Abigail is a mean and vindictive person who always wants her way, no matter who she hurts. Through out the play her accusations and lies cause many people pain and suffering, but she seemed to never care for any of them except John Proctor, whom she had an affair with seven months prior to the beginning of the play. John Proctor and his wife Elizabeth used to employ Abigail, until Elizabeth found out the affair and threw Abigail out....   [tags: Arthur Miller] 647 words
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Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Throughout the play “the Crucible,” we see the many different sides of Abigail Williams’ character. Arthur Miller has created an interesting and complex character with various personality traits, and her controlling and manipulative nature becomes evident for the audience during the very first scene. Abigail is first introduced as “seventeen, a strikingly beautiful girl, an orphan…”, already the audience is made to feel sorry for her as we find out that she has no parents....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1420 words
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Miller’s Presentation of Abigail Williams in The Crucible - Look at Miller’s presentation of Abigail Williams in The Crucible. How realistic is his presentation of her as a controller. In Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’, Abigail Williams is presented as a controller of many of the key characters. Abigail can successfully manipulate and control many of the characters because she is described as being; ‘…a strikingly beautiful girl, an orphan, with an endless capacity for dissembling’. Her beauty allows her to influence others as they are intimidated by, and in awe of, her beauty....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 2332 words
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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Abigail Williams is the troubled niece of Reverend Parris of Salem. She is an orphan; made so by brutal natives who killed her parents before her very eyes. The witch-hunt begins when Abigail is at the age of seventeen. She has a large role in this novel, especially on these dark events and also her relationship with John Proctor. In my opinion from what I have understood from the text she is a tempestuous character. She is initially perceived as being wild bright and proud. Her character then develops a macabre quality that becomes a precocious influence over everybody in the village of Salem....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 3729 words
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Abigail Williams in the Play The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Abigail Williams in the Play The Crucible by Arthur Miller Abigail Williams can be seen in two ways. She can be seen as an aggressor or as a victim. An example of her as an aggressor is in act one where she threatens the girls ,"Let either of you breathe a word… and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you." An example of her as a victim is also in act one when she describes how she feels that she was used as a slave by Goody Proctor, "She hates me, uncle, she must, for I would not be her slave." The play begins with Reverend Parris' Betty lying on a bed apparently unconscious....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1256 words
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Motivations of Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - A motivation can be described as a character having a reason to behave or act in a particular way. Someone or something can be someone's motivation. A child obeys its parents to avoid punishment or a clerk works overtime so that he can afford a better car are examples of motivation. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, characters illustrate several types of motivations. Throughout the play, Abigail is motivated by jealousy, power, and attention.     The motivation of jealousy is portrayed by Abigail in The Crucible numerous times....   [tags: Jealousy, Power, Attention] 557 words
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Abigail Williams in Act One of The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Abigail in the Crucible Act 1 Within the Crucible, there lies a complex story involving the accounts and happenings surrounding the 1692 Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Act 1 of the Crucible sets up the unfolding of events which lead to witch accusations and increasing superstition among the puritan community. The Crucible reveals the intriguing and malicious character of Abigail Williams to be a manipulative and unabashed liar, who possesses the remarkable quality of self preservation even among what seem to be insurmountable odds....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 640 words
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Abigail Williams in Act One of The Crucible by Arthur Miller - How Arthur Miller Establishes the Character and Motivation of Abigail Williams in Act One and How She is Not to be Trusted Arthur Miller wrote ‘The Crucible’ in the 1950’s during the Cold War. The play is a study in the mass hysteria which led to the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials. It shows the consequences of being accused as a witch. The reason for a witch hunt is because it is a sign of the devil and in Salem no one is more superior than God. The people of the town live for God, respect God and die even for God....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1269 words
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Hester Prynne and Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - American literature often examines people and motives. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, and in Aruthur Miller’s modern dramatic masterpiece, The Crucible, people and motives often depict patters of Puritans struggling for life during a shaky time. Two main characters from both pieces of works share the traits of a struggling Puritan as adulators. Even tough Hester and Abigail have similar traits, their sins differ dramatically and were punished differently....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 668 words
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Abigail Williams, the Villian of The Crucible by Arthur Miller -      In writing short stories, novels, or plays, there are certain standards the writer comes to meet. He will choose a basic story element to go by; either man versus nature, man versus man, or man versus himself. Then, a setting that is appropriate to the writer is chosen, a place where the writer envisions the story happening. Inevitably the characters are introduced one by one, and the writer tries to convey their personality and instill a mental image for the reader. There have always been the heroes, the villains and the victims....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 683 words
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Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - What is Abigail Williams' function and purpose in the plot of the play. Abigail Williams is like a ringleader among the girls, she is also there to spread hysteria and huge hype among the villagers. Abigail seems to be a very forceful and cunning character and straight away forms herself as leader in the midst of the girls. "Now look you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam's dead sisters. And that is all. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things" From this quote when Abigail was addressing the girls we see how she structure's herself as leader by telling what to say and what not to....   [tags: English Literature] 772 words
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Comparison of Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor in Miller's The Crucible - Comparison of Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor in Miller's The Crucible The Crucible is play that helps to show human nature through a series of events linked through the Salem witch trials. In this play, a group of young teenagers would undermine the religious government and make a mockery of the Salem judicial system. Miller also shows human nature through the development of characters. Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor are foils of each other and have many differences; they would also develop many similar traits....   [tags: Crucible Arthur Miller Plays Salem Essays Papers]
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Character Study of Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Character Study of Abigail From Arthur Miller's The Crucible Arthur Miller was inspired to write The Crucible because of what happened in America in the 1950's. Suspicion of witchcraft and an association with the Devil had arisen in the 1600s in Salem, Massachsetts. The allegations and apprehension is comparable with the period of McCarthyism in the United States of America. Joseph McCarthy ( the senator of West Virginia) focused on Democrats in general with baseless and sweeping accusations of communist involvement, giving way for the Republicans to take over Congress and the P...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1190 words
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I Saw Abigail Williams with the Devil in the Crucible by Arthur Miller - Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible as a symbolism for his own failing marriage and the communist hunt in America at this time in his life. However, almost 50 years later, Miller also wrote the screenplay for his movie adaption of the play. Moreover, there were definite changes to scenes, characters, and dialog, between the play and the movie. Miller’s variation to his own play, showcase key differences in Abigail Williams, through his changes in her persona, relationship with John Proctor, and the added scenes in the film....   [tags: persona, relationship, scenes] 582 words
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Abigail Williams And The Girls Initiate The Tragedy in The Crucible - Although Abigail and The Girls Initiate The Tragedy, Responsibility Lies With the Whole Salem Community I do believe that Abigail and the girls initiated the tragedy, what with all their talk about spirits and the conjurance with the devil during the opening act. For one reason or another, it can be said that the blame for this tragedy lies with the entire Salem community. But could this really be called a tragedy. In my opinion, if people get hurt and the whole community falls apart - then it is a tragedy....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 902 words
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Abigail Williams: Abnormal Adolescent Behavior - During the time of adolescence in one’s life, emotions and feelings become more noticeable to them. It is a time when one begins to search themselves and find out who they are and what their personality is. Sometimes it isn’t easy to portray these emotions and feelings and one might not know how to handle them. In some cases one might portray these feelings and emotions in a bizarre form and it becomes a disorder or a mental problem. In The Crucible by Aurthur Miller, Abigail Williams, the antagonist, displays signs of abnormal adolescent behavior, schizophrenia and shows that she cannot easily handle her emotions....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 972 words
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The government in the 1950s used the fear in the community to their advantage, as do the characters in The Crucible. Therefore, proving that The Crucible is seen as a social protest against the American government during the 1950s. In the book, multiple characters use the fear in the community to their advantage, one of them being Abigail Williams. The character, Abigail Williams, has motives against Elizabeth Proctor, and uses the fear of witchcraft in her community to her advantage. Abigail proves that these are her motives when she sticks a needle, "two inches in the flesh of her belly,"(71) and says that it was Elizabeth's, "familiar spirit,"(71) that put it in....   [tags: government, fear, Abigail Williams]
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Abigail Williams relationship with John Proctor - Look at Abigail Williams relationship with John Proctor. The crucible by Arthur Miller Look at Abigail Williams relationship with John Proctor. What effect does this have on his relationship with Elizabeth. What dramatic effect does her actions have. The Crucible is a play that is based on a true story by Arthur Miller. It is set in 1692, in a small village called Salem. In this essay I am going to examine the affair between Abigail Williams and John Proctor, and what effect this as on his relationship with his wife Elizabeth....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1967 words
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Vengeance in the Crucible - Vengeance is the act of taking revenge for a past wrong. In the Crucible, Thomas Putnam and Abigail Williams both took advantage of circumstances to carry out vengeance against different people. For the case of Abigail Williams, she made use of the paranoia of the witchcraft trials to her advantage to carry out personal vengeance against Elizabeth Proctor. Firstly, she amplifies the townsfolk’s’ fear of the supernatural by pretending she was being attacked by witches. By pretending she was being attacked by an invisible bird sent out by Mary Warren (“why do you come, yellow bird?”) and accusing countless people of witchcraft, Abigail sows discord and fear amongst the staunch Puritian village...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 709 words
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Innocent Murderer: Abigail as a Victim in The Crucible - How can a girl who condemned seventy two to a death sentence and drank a charm to kill a man’s wife, a man she has slept with on more than one occasion be the victim. It’s possible when the town she lives in is worse than her. Although Abigail Williams is typically thought of as the antagonist of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, she is in fact a victim as much as any other tragic character in the play. The true antagonist of the play is the town of Salem itself, because of the judgemental and self concerned peoples, and its oppressive views....   [tags: Arthur Miller play, character analysis] 694 words
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Power in Salem and The Crucible - “He who has great power should use it lightly.” - Lucius Annaeus Seneca. Power in Salem grew in 1962 at the start of the Salem Witch trials. Two people started to abuse there power. One, Ms. Abigail Williams. Two, Ms. Mary Warren. Three, Deputy Governor Danforth. Why do they abuses there power in the court. The power that Abigail Williams has on the town, maybe fatal. Abigail plays a very important role in the crucible. In fact it is likely with out her it would not exist....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 611 words
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Life in Puritan Times as Shown in "The Crucible" - Imagine living a life full of hypocrites, but those same people are supposedly Godly Christians. Living in the Puritan times was not always easy. These people were Christians that were punished for making a single mistake, only to be humiliated when a wrongdoing occurred. In the spring of 1692, witchcraft hysteria swept the entire town of Salem, Massachusetts. This caused twenty people to be executed and 150 others were placed into jail. An estimated one to nine million Europeans were accused of being witches....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 873 words
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Going to Extreme Lengths in "The Crucible" - Have you ever been overwhelmingly passionate about something that you would do anything it took to accomplish it. Sometimes people go to extreme lengths to get what they want. The Crucible is a play that shows us that trait. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail Williams does just that. Abigail William's desire for John Proctor creates her dishonest and manipulative actions that affect the whole village. Abigail loves John Proctor even though he is already married and has a strong desire for him....   [tags: Crucible, Aurthur Miller, ]
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The Crucible: An Allegory for the McCarthy Era - The Crucible was written as an allegory for the McCarthy era in 1953 by Arthur Miller; an American playwright. The McCarthy era was epitomized by the fear of Communism that Senator McCarthy whipped up. He fostered a witch hunt against anyone who disagreed with his views. Miller’s intention was that the play would be a parody of his own context (himself) with John Proctor quite evidently being a reflection of Miller. The witches in the play symbolized communism. A ‘Crucible’ can mean both; "a container for melting or purifying metals by heat" and "a severe test." Miller describes the village of Salem as ‘the container’ and its contents; the God-fearing residents of Salem along with their emot...   [tags: McCarthy, crucible, authur miller,] 656 words
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Fear and Manipulation in Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Fear and Manipulation in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Fear holds a great control over any mortal human-being through daunting and restricted words, most commonly seen while anyone is under pressure. While being controlled over fear, you may come to realize that you are being manipulated to the possibilities of a threatened punishment and may also be mislead by lies. Arthur Miller’s classic novel, The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, where a lot of times fear would be used to control anyone to blame another of witchcraft....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Crucible]
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The Year is 1692 and Abigail Williams - The year is 1692, and Abigail Williams has just cried witch. Under harsh Puritan values, anyone accused and found guilty of witchcraft is to be publicly hung in the town square. The Puritan theocracy, leaving no room for adversity or opposition, has been turned upside down. In Arthur Miller’s drama The Crucible, Miller illustrates the dangers of Puritan theocracy: where personal freedoms are oppressed, cruel and unusual punishments are implemented, and where the leaders can manipulate the holy books and laws to rule with unrestricted power in the name of the divine....   [tags: puritan values, witchcraft, theocracy] 2048 words
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Detrimental Effects of Hysteria, Rumors and Accusations Depicted in Miller's, The Crucible - The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is a timeless piece of work that is applicable to many societies. The Crucible was written to criticize the outrageous behavior of Americans in the 1950’s. The McCarthy Era in the 1950’s parallels the witch hunt in Salem. Miller’s work is still relevant for political situations today even though it was specifically written to criticize that time period. Both the McCarthy Era and the Salem Witch Trials display the danger of collective hysteria, the speed of rumors, and the inability of accusers to stop the accusations once they have started....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 842 words
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Arthur Miller's Purpose for Writing The Crucible - Parallels between Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, and his article Why I wrote the Crucible, can easily support Miller’s reasons for writing this classic play. Miller’s purpose in writing both the play and the article was to emphasize the similarities between the 1692 witch hunt and the 1950’s Red Scare. Miller simply wanted to convey the message of fear over reason, express himself in a new language of old English, to warn of mass hysteria, and most importantly compare his life in the 1950’s to the irrational trial in 1692....   [tags: the crucible] 873 words
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The Role of Vengeance in Arthur Miller's The Crucible - Throughout the endurance of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, vengeance plays a prominent role in the actions and fates of various characters. In many ways, vengeance fuels the need for retaliation. Disputes among neighbors has bred hatred and then witch trials brought out the vindictiveness of Salem's population. This leads to the deaths of many citizens in Salem by false accusations to the court. Citizens of Salem were utilizing the court system as a means of "extermination" for people who had interests or beliefs, that were contradictory to their own....   [tags: the crucible] 1150 words
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The Importance of Principles in The Crucible - In the play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, the character John Proctor will not lie and confess to something he did not do. Thus, he is hanged for his principles. Proctor has two main principles he felt were more important to respect and uphold than his own life. The most obvious one was his reputation. In theocratic Salem, where private and public ethics are regarded equally, one’s reputation plays an important role. In such an environment where reputation is regarded so highly many are afraid of guilt by association....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1227 words
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John Proctor's Struggle in Miller's The Crucible - John Proctor's Struggle in Miller's The Crucible Coursework The Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded by a group of Puritan settlers who arrived from England in 1630. The Massachusetts Bay colony was driven by the religious principles of Congregationalism. Each church and its community were supposed to be independent, but in fact they all followed the same strict code of belief and behavior. Members of the congregation who swayed from these norms were severely punished. As the community were strong Puritans, executions were public, and could take the form of hanging, beheading or pressing to death, if not a less cruel punishment would take place such as an ear,...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 3201 words
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Weakness, Jealousy, and Manipulation in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Crucible - Weakness, Jealousy, and Manipulation In every conflict there always seems to be at least one person to blame. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, many problems arise that deal with live and death. Many innocent people in this play were hanged during the Salem Witch Trials. Of course, there are many people that may be blamed. In The Crucible, one may find Abigail Williams, The Putnams, and Mary Warren to blame. Abigail was manipulative, The Putnams were very jealous, and Mary Warren was weak-willed....   [tags: Crucible Essays] 656 words
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Unjustness in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, unjustness is displayed constantly throughout the play, when innocent men and women are accused of witchcraft in the town of Salem during the 1690's. Chaos and havoc erupt in this small town during the times of the trials, causing many prominent men and women to be wrongly accused of practicing witchcraft. In particular, John Procter, a well respected leader in the town of Salem, soon becomes entangled in the Salem witch trials, when his wife Elizabeth and many other women of the town are accused of witchcraft by Abigail Williams, his former mistress....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]
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Themes of Pride and Integrity in The Crucible - The Crucible was not widely accepted when it was originally released. The literature was Arthur Miller's response to McCarthyism and the Red Scare. During the play Abigail Williams accuses most of Salem of being a witch. This leads to mass hysteria within the town. Which in turn leads to Reverend Parris bringing Reverend John Hale to Salem. Hale is there to sort out and get rid of any presence of the Devil. There is a multitude of themes in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. These range any where from guilt and revenge to authority and integrity....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 675 words
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The Absence of Humanity in The Crucible and Macbeth - The urge to be seen as perfect is a desire commonly found among humans. However, even some animals are not immune to such desires. A bird trying to attract the best mate in the forest by creating a perfect nest will fight to the death for a twig that it believes will make its nest excel beyond the rest. The bird will even go so far as to break the incubating eggs in a nest if it contains an item that the bird wants as its own. Similarly in humans, there are characters that strive for perfection so much so that they begin to weigh ideology above humanity....   [tags: Macbeth, The Crucible]
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The Word Name and Its Significance in Arthur Miller's The Crucible - The Word Name and Its Significance in Arthur Miller's The Crucible In 'the crucible' Abigail Williams, Samuel Parris and John Proctor all mention the importance of their name. In this essay I am going to take each character in turn and point put parts in the play where they mention the importance of their name and explain it. Everyone in this world has some sort of name that they go by, whether it be their real name or a nickname. Most people's names are placed under a category which is usually good or bad....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1226 words
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - When asked about The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, critic Harold Clurman claims that the play is “chiefly a study in mass hysteria in which superstition conspires with self-interest to incite a society to destructiveness” (handout). This quote accurately portrays the message of revenge and greed serving as common characteristics in times of uncertainty that echoes throughout the play, clearly exemplified through Mr. Putnam, Reverend Parris, and Abigail Williams. During this time, land lust and revenge were common incentives to accuse a person of being a witch, and these three characters clearly exemplify these common reasons....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]
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The Crucible Critical Review - The Crucible is a famous play written by Arthur Miller in the Early 1950’s. It was written during the “Red scare, when McCarthyism was established. Many anti-communists wanted to prevent communism from spreading just like in The Crucible many wanted to get rid of witchcraft. Many would accuse others of witchcraft in order to not be accused just like many would accuse people of communism. In The Crucible witchcraft would be punishable by death. Many were scared to be accused; therefore many would admit practicing witchcraft in order to save their lives....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 725 words
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An Analytical Essay Explaining Why Arthur Miller Wrote The Crucible - An Analytical Essay Explaining Why Arthur Miller Wrote The Crucible Authors often have underlying reasons for giving their stories certain themes or settings. Arthur Miller’s masterpiece, The Crucible, is a work of art inspired by actual events as a response to political and moral issues. Set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, The Crucible proves to have its roots in events of the 1950’s and 1960’s, such as the activities of the House Un-American Committee and the “Red Scare.” Though the play provides an accurate account of the Salem witch trials, its real achievement lies in the many important issues of Miller’s time that it dealswith....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 740 words
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Pride in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Crucible - Pride In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, both pride and excessive pride influence the characters throughout the play. Pride is a sense of one's dignity and worth. Excessive pride is being overly confident of one's own self worth. Throughout, pride influences the actions, reactions, and emotions of the characters in such ways to establish the outcome of the story. Three characters are impelled by their pride. Hale, who takes pride in his ability to detect witchcraft; Elizabeth Proctor, whose pride makes forgiving her husband difficult; Proctor, whose excessive pride causes him to overlook reality and the truth....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 804 words
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