Hysteria in Salem In 1692, in Salem Massachusetts, the superstition of witches existed in a society of strong Christian beliefs. Anybody who acted out of the ordinary was accused of being a witch and the accused would actually be forgiven if they blamed their accusations on another individual. In this play, a group of young girls is accused of being witches. These girls then blame other people in order to get out of trouble and even pretend to be "bewitched" in front of the court during a trial. This leads into the deaths of the innocent people who are accused and automatically found guilty.
Once Tituba confessed to witchcraft, Abigail joined in by accusing others of witchcraft so the negative attention would not be on the girls. Once Abigail started accusing people, Betty woke up from her “infinite” sleep and joined in along with the other girls. When the trials began, it was Abigail who kept the charade going by pretending that the accused were casting their spirits upon her and the other girls in the court room. Abigail led the girls by crying out in pain, pretending to see things and shivering. When the affair with John Proctor almost came up, Abigail was quick to turn on whoever went against
The Tragedy of Macbeth The ominous theme that echoes throughout the play reminds the reader of the constant struggle between the natural and supernatural forces in Macbeth. The prophecy of the three witches set the play in motion. With these prophecies, the weird sisters exert control over every aspect of Macbeth’s life. This might cause one to question whether Macbeth’s actions were motivated just by the prophecy. In the end, the temptation to carry out the witch's prophecy force Macbeth to follow a path drenched in blood, a choice he did not make.
Should he lose his facade of morality, he would lose his position of power as reverend. Both Mary Warren and Parris threw others in the line of fire when they had the opportunity to help, proving the negative effects fear can have on people's judgment Tituba Tituba is the first to be interrogated. Mr. Putnam’s threat of hanging produces the desired answer, and thereafter the demoralized slave repeats any names suggested to her. Miller builds a prolonged scene around this minor character to show exactly how the prosecutors went about their business. Tituba represents all that were terrified into naming the
This vindictive hatred from Abigail soon prompts a witch hunt involving many innocent people: “Twelve have already hanged for the same crime.” While many panics, John Procter knows this from the start ; “this is a whore’s vengeance”. He tersely identifies the main cause for the witch trials to be directly linked with a spurned lover, who has become disemployed by Procter after having a brief extra-marital affair with her. Still overwhelmed with lustful feelings for John Procter, Abigail decides to manipulate the situation by accusing innocent people of witchcraft, to achieve her own revengeful goal. Abigail is not the only one who takes advantage of the witch trials, to accomplish their revenge. Thomas and Ann Putnam, as a resentful and greedy couple, will take it out on anyone who has caused them trouble.
Now they are enemies. Their fine love’s grow sick…” (pg 1). In the beginning Medea’s passion towards Jason is so great she steals from her father, murders her brother, and causes the death of Jason’s Uncle, Pelias. Later her passion turns to rage when he alienates her and she begins planning the murders she will commit in an ultimate way to hurt Jason for leaving her. She speaks to the Corinthian women and asks them to keep her secret if she were to find a way to punish Jason, his bride, and her father, “And so I want to ask something from you.
In “The Crucible” Mary Warren is accused of witchery. Mary and Proctor agree to side with one another and defeat Abigail. While in court for Mary’s trial Abigail begins to scream and point, accusing Mary of sending out her spirit to attack her. When the other girls in court began to mock Mary’s words along with Abigail, Danforth horrifically yells “Mary Warren! Draw back your spirit out of them!” (Miller 191).
Through this, it is seen that Abigail is trying to gain power over the girls by making them scarred that they will be hurt if they do not abide in her words. By making the girls fear Abigail and her threats, Abigail is slowly gaining control and power. Next, when Mary Warren is confronted by John Proctor to tell the court that Abigail is lying, she says she cannot because of fear of what Abigail may to do her. Under the grips of Proctor, Mary cries “She’ll kill me for sayin’ that!” (102) and “I cannot, they’ll turn on me!” (102). Abigail is now able assert control through Mary’s reluctance to reveal Abigail to the court.
In Tales from the Thousand and One Nights, Women’s are vicious, cruelled, unfaithful, disloyal. The betrayal begins of Shahzaman's wife and it ends with Shahrazad’s trying to save women’s of King Shahriyar's kingdom. Shahrazad’s uses these stories to convinced King Shahriyar’s, who thinks his wife is the same as every other woman. Shahrazad’s stories have women are just as spiteful and sneaky as the King Shahzaman’s wife, but they also have women of great integrity and kindness. Shahrazad’s wanted to show King Shahriyar’s that not all women are the same, and she’s also to bring the King back into perspective.
Both plays show fearless women who intervene with political matters and cause tension within the kingdom. Lady Macbeth questions her husband and pressures him into being more aggressive, while Antigone defies Creon by burying her dead brother, Polynieces. Both Lady Macbeth and Antigone defy the social and political expectations of their society by adopting the expected behaviors of the opposite gender. Lady Macbeth disregards the social and political norms by wanting to become more masculine and aggressive. While she prepares to exterminate the current king, she cries out “Unsex me here,/ and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full/ Of direst cruelty.” (Shakespeare.