The Crucible Cause and Effect Essay

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In the Town of Salem Massachusetts, 1692, a group of adolescents are caught dancing in the forest. Among the adolescents in The Crucible, Abigail Williams and Mary Warren. The girls are horrified that they have been caught dancing, a sinful act, therefore they devise a story to evade punishment: they claim to have been bewitched. The first person who they accuse of witchcraft is a the black maid, Tituba. This results in her jail sentence as well as fearful suspicion throughout the town. Arthur Miller demonstrates the impact of lying as the girls recognise and manipulate their power in the town. Lead by Abigail, they go further, claiming countless others guilty and dooming them to exile. Miller demonstrates that there power is so great that even when Mary attempts to stand against her friends, she is quickly overwhelmed and once again plays along with their trickery. As the girls’ conspiracy continues, controversy arise over their truthfulness; people choose sides often lying themselves to support their side, further altering the lives of all involved.
Abigail Williams forms a continuous string of deceitful lies about the presence of witchcraft in Salem and her involvement with it, triggering the beginning of the trials and causing mayhem to permeate the town. Playwright Arthur Miller characterizes Abigail as "a strikingly beautiful girl, an orphan, with an endless capacity for dissembling"(8). Her fabrications induce calamity in Salem, and entangles many innocent people in her slanderous web of stories. In most cases, Abigail lies to evade discomfort or punishment. This pattern is first displayed when Reverend Hale interrogates Abigail:
HALE: Why are you concealing? Have you sold yourself to Lucifer?

... middle of paper ... McCarthy accused 205 Americans of being “card-carrying communist”. In Miller's play, an ambitious teenager, blinded by the married man she loves, fans Salem into a blood-lust frenzy in revenge. Abigail Williams, like Joseph McCarthy accuses many not of communism, but of witchcraft. Communism, as well as witchcraft, are two philosophies that are feared in communities and often results in imprisonment and aggressive investigations. Blacklisting during communism is comparative to hangings in witchcraft, and there is a standard in both scenarios that must be met for one to be considered citizen. Abigail, eleven years old at the time, is portrayed as seventeen in The Crucible, one of many events altered in the play to exaggerate specific scenarios. Why does Arthur Miller change history? Miller ultimately makes the decision to change history to unveil a hidden truth:
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