Tituba’s accusations were unreliable because she was trying to do anything she could to save her life. Others were also accused by the girls. These women were generally unpopular or strange in some way, so it was easy for them to be targets of the girls accusations. For these girls, who were at the center of the town’s attention and perhaps had no real understanding of the seriousness of their accusati... ... middle of paper ... ... Conscience where he stated that it would be better that ten witches were allowed to go unpunished rather than one innocent person be put to death. Finally the reasonable citizens were speaking out against the unfairness of the trial.
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 time." He is worried that if this information gets out, his fragile hold on the congregation and his livelihood could disappear, "my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it." While this was going on, Betty is lying in her bed, motionless.
As soon as something bad happened, the God-fearing people of Salem were quick to blame it on a witch or wizard. Anything a little out of the ordinary like children claiming to see things that someone else could not was blamed on a witch. The people seemed to be always out to find a witch in hopes of stopping their misfortunes. They believed that once the witch was executed all the bad luck they were experiencing would disappear. Since their bad luck never disappeared their witch hunt would not soon be satisfied.
Another example is the fact that she had an affair with John Proctor, Elizabeth’s husband, and tries to conceal it because she does not want her reputation to get ruined. Her motive for accusing others of witchcraft is because she wants to get rid of Elizabeth so that she could be John’s “perfect wife,” and because she does not want to get in trouble. Abigail is the perfect foil for anyone who is even slightly honest. Elizabeth, on the other hand, “have never lied.” John Proctor said to Danforth, “There are them that cannot sing, and them that cannot weep--my wife cannot lie.” She fires Abigail as her servant when she finds out about an affair between Abigail and her husband. The only time she lies is when she denies her husband having an affair to Danforth in order to save his reputation.
For example, In the Crucible those who did not even go to church was highly accused of doing witchcraft because in Salem everyone was religious. Peopl... ... middle of paper ... ...es Committee (HUAC) group controlled the people who were communist. It had become so outrageous that people were turning on each other’s back, friends and families all over the United States. As people went on noticing everyone was getting blamed for something they did not do, the town had become outrageous. As much power as the judge and or government had, people were still accusing other people, which was the crazy part because they could just get themselves into trouble as well.
Maybe if the affair had not happened, no one would have been accused of being a witch, be hung or thrown in prison and Salem would not be a big part of history anymore. In addition, he is guilty for not going to the court immediately after Abigail had confessed to him that the girls are frauds. Mrs. Ann Putnam is another person that I suspect could be a big part of the witch-hunts. She chose to believe in witches because I think it gave her a reason to how all her children mysteriously died right after birth or days and months later. I believe that she was one of the first people who immediately accused her daughter and Betty Parris of being witched.
She believed that if his wife, Elizabeth Proctor, was out of the way, Abigail and John would be together again. Therefore, she told everyone that Elizabeth's spirit was trying to kill her and accused Elizabeth of being a witch. Fear also played an important role in The Crucible. The girls were afraid of being accused as witches themselves, so they started accusing other people in the town of being witches. Moreover, many people who were accused of being witches confessed to being witches because they were scared of death.
She is still concerned with covering her numerous lies and getting Mr. Proctor all to herself. Without her, the girls would not have made the false accusations against any of the villagers. They were persuaded by her slickness, and were very convinced that they were really being tormented by the Devil. If Abigail would not have started instigating the situation and just told the truth, many lives could have been saved, and the rumors of them being possessed would have passed with time. It may seem wrong to say that Abigail was the prime suspect and should take most of the blame, but it is safe to say that she took advantage of the situation by using witchcraft and superstition to cover her lies.
The story starts off saying, "The elder was very beautiful, and everyone called her Beauty. But the younger had a face covered with pock marks, so that everyone called her Pock Face" (Lin Lan, 127). The stepmother knew that her own daughter was not worthy of marriage because everyone looked at her face, while Beauty got so many proposals. Pock Face did not have the choice, so for that reason the stepmother mistreated Beauty and would not talk to her. The stepmother is not at fault here, her only intentions were to make sure her daughter stays happy and for that she kept ignoring and treating Beauty poorly.
Abigail deliberately lies throughout the entire play. Abigail is wil... ... middle of paper ... ...than be accused of lying and lose all the power and adulation she has fought to hold on to. As soon as Abigail realized people were beginning to suspect her integrity, however, her initial instinct was to flee. Parris, her uncle, was the first to notice this, telling the court, “My niece, sir, my niece – I believe she has vanished.” This exemplifies her selfish behavior, because instead of taking responsibility for her actions, she would rather cowardly run from her problems. Because of Abigail’s deleterious behavior, many innocent victims were brutally murdered.