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Crucible Essay

  • Submitted by: Hockeycam14
  • on February 25, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 573 words

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Could you imagine living in a place where just the mentioning of being an unlawful person resulted in the jailing or even a possible hanging of yourself? In Salem, Massachusetts 1692, this was the case. Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible to portray these events in great detail.   In The Crucible it portrays many different themes. Most of these themes resolve around two of the main characters Abigail Williams and John Proctor.   The theme most obvious is jealousy of Abigail over john, who has control and manipulation over the town of Salem.
Before the start of the trials John and Abigail had an affair which does not help the fact that John is now married and Abigail wants John back.   Abigail is jealous that John does not want to get back together with her and she does everything in her power to win John back.   After her jealousy increases it gets to the point where she goes to the court to inform them that they had an affair when John was married.   This accusing had been going on at the same time during the trails when Abigail had persuaded the town that everything she says was right and whatever she said happened, did happen.
The control Abigail wields over the town of Salem is outrageous.   At the beginning of the trail she had single handedly convinced everyone that the girls saw spirits of people from the town while in the woods. “I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!” (American Literature 430)   Later on she realized that the court believed her and she was able to use this power on people that she disliked.   Abigail controlled everything that was happening.   Abigail even tried to get John’s wife to confess to being a witch when she put a pin in a poppet then put a pin into her own stomach and pulled it out in front of court members.   “And he goes to save her, and, stuck two inches in the flesh of her belly, he draw a needle out”(American Literature 804)   If she would have been found guilty, his...

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