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Accusing Others Essay

  • Submitted by: jdav605
  • on May 13, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 679 words

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During the late 1600’s many people were fascinated with the Salem Witch Trials. This includes the author, Arthur Miller, who wrote The Crucible. Many men and women were accused of witchcraft at this time. If a person seems to be suspicious of any type of witchcraft   you were to be hanged. People were accusing others over the littlest signs of witchcraft and many innocent people were killed. One being accused of something they did not do is overcome by fear, which cause that person to accuses other in order to save themselves.
Abigail is one of the main reasons why everyone is being accused or accusing each other of witchcraft because she is feared by all that is going on in her community. Abigail screams, “I want to open myself! . . . I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!
(Miller Act 1).” If someone sees the slightest action that could relate to witchcraft they are   accused. People like Abigail tell on others so that they are not accused, due to fear or she has done something wrong her self. Abigail yells, “She made me do it! She made Betty do it! (Miller Act 1).” Blaming Tituba, for “making” her and the other girls dance in the woods that day. Abigail is also blaming Tituba for the chicken blood Abigail drank, that was supposed to kill Elizabeth Proctor. Making the community to where you can not trust anyone. Since Abigail is accusing so many people as well as the other girls, the community becomes fearful. This lacks of trust is what tears apart the community when they can no longer live in peace because nobody knows if someone is a witch or not. Everyone is believing the girls because it is a group over powering small individuals in the village; anyone is accused is guilty until they are proven innocent.  
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