Abigail, during the book, was one of the main accusers of the witches. She would accuse anybody that Hale or the court wanted to hear, including Tituba. Abigail said things like "She comes to me every night to go and drink blood," just so the blame would never be on her (Miller 44). During this time, it is showcased as dramatic irony for Abigail, because of the fact she is lying, yet nobody knows it except for the readers. At this point in time , Abigail knows that if they were to find out she drank the blood willingly, she would have been put up for trial as a witch. For that reasoning, she used Tituba as a scapegoat to be exempt from this horrid fate. From just the one accusation alone, they got more than ten names, not just from Tituba, but by Abigail and Betty, her younger cousin. The scene that took place that day was the start of the downfall of Salem.
The power of accusation makes the people of Salem hysterical and wanting more power, some just accusing for a gain on their own wealth. Putnam is one of these people, but he is found out by Giles Corey. "Thomas Putnam is just reaching out for land," (Miller 84). In other words, Giles has found out w...
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For the people of Salem, they were being falsely accused of witchcraft in 1692, while in 1952, people across North America were being falsely accused of supporting the communist belief. The similarities between the two topics is undeniably uniform, which is why Miller chose this point in time to portray what was going on in the 1950’s. Greed , hysteria, and power played a large part in the trials and the false accusations of innocent people. Putnam was greedy and the one’s seeking power were Parris and Danforth. They all wanted to have some sort of power in the world of so called ‘witches’, that they believed were prevalent in their town of Salem. The greediness for power is what caused the downfall of Salem and it was what also caused the downfall in North America during Mccarthy’s period of control on the country.
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