Abigail lies to save herself by giving the names of others to be killed. “You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!” (88). Abigail also uses threats of violence and the thought of her actually knowing some real witchcraft to scare them into not speaking up about what was really going on with her. She is very evil, and throughout the novel driven t... ... middle of paper ... ...imation of irony considering the prodigious amounts of lies are told in order to “protect” the court and the people of Salem. The process of proving the guilty and finding the innocent involved with witchcraft has a lot to do with the greed, selfishness and personal grudges that the characters display throughout the trials.
The Salem Witchcraft Trails were caused and continued by various events and people. Diseases, natural catastrophes, misfortune, and deaths seemed to be around every corner for the people that lived in Salem. Instead of writing these events off as bad luck people in Salem blamed these horrible things on the Devil. The people of the town believed that the Devil recruits witched and wizards to do his work for him. As soon as something bad happened, the God-fearing people of Salem were quick to blame it on a witch or wizard.
Human Flaws in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Many of the characters in Arthur Miller's The Crucible have specific human flaws that cause the tragedy of the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem villagers exhibit failings, including greed, vengeance, and fear, which eventually lead to the downfall of their town. Many villagers, especially Abigail Williams, take advantage of the opportunity to seek vengeance on others through the trials. Greed for power and land often holds precedence when the hysteria takes over. Fear of being arrested or put to death is the key motivation in turning others in as witches.
If he had not been hanged, it would have worked out. Witchcraft is of course an invisible crime, so how can someone accuse someone of committing it? The people of Salem did not realise that the accuser's were not always, "holy." Sometimes the accuser might have had a completely different motive, like revenge. Abigail certainly accused Elizabeth of witchcraft because of revenge and vengeance.
Martha Corey’s live was also ruined by the unsubstantiated claims of the prosecutors. In Act 1 Scene 2 Martha Corey is accused of witchcraft because she reads strange books and she sold pigs that later died and was accused of bewitching the pigs. Martha Corey’s life was ruined because of all the false claims that were made against here and this is a common theme throughout because each character has their own crucible which usually results in their life being destroyed. Another character whose life is ruined is John Proctor. John Proctor is sent to jail because he is accused of witchcraft.
Logic and individual thought is overruled by hysteria which eventually justifies its own existence. Hysteria supersedes logic and causes people to believe that their neighbors whom they’ve known all their life and considered as upright people are committing absurd and preposterous doings such as, practicing witchcraft, worshiping the devil, etc. The people of Salem see traces of evidence of god and the devil in everything; however nobody has actually seen spirits though Abigail and the girls claim they do. The idea of supernatural means comes from the hysteria possessed within the people; they aren’t able to think logically about situations. A poppet symbolizes innocence; however, when Mary Warren gifted a poppet to Goody Proctor it was seen as a demonic figure all because of Abigail, who struck herself with a small pin in order to blame Goody Proctor for conducting witchcraft on her.
Elizabeth is a stand up women. Throughout The Crucible, she seems to be struggling to forgive her husband and let her anger go for his infidelity. Of course her anger towards Abigail is understandable. Elizabeth’s hatred for Abigail is justified because Abigail later in the play tries to murder Elizabeth by framing her of witch craft. Elizabeth is the blameless victim.
"He states that you coldly prompted your daughter to cry witchery upon George Jacobs that is now in jail" (96). In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, people would do anything to get what they want. In the town of Salem good vs. evil plays a big role. The people of Salem are constantly debating about who is telling the truth and who is lying. People are also judged based on their religious views.
Evil In Women and Its Effect on Macbeth "...My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man that function Is smother'd in surmise, and nothing is But what is not." (1.3.140-143). Throughout Shakespeare's play, we see that Macbeth is the victim of evil seduction by women. In the above quote the evil is perpetrated by the witches. Lady Macbeth also plays a strong role in his moral corruption.
Vengeance is the main theme of The Crucible. The people of the town of Salem were not united, but instead, distrusted and disliked each other. During the court trials, the girls started accusing certain people that they didn't like of dealing with witchcraft. For example, Abigail Williams couldn't forget John Proctor even though their affair was over. She believed that if his wife, Elizabeth Proctor, was out of the way, Abigail and John would be together again.