Essay About Women In The Crucible

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Allie Dille Mrs. Kangas English 10x Hour 4 October 25, 2010 Clare Boothe Luce, an American playwright, journalist, ambassador, and U.S. Congresswoman once stated, “Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed”. Women have forever been seen as the “weakest link” of society and are rarely given the voice they deserve. Sometimes, women feel as though they must go to extremes to be heard in society due to their lack of power. The women of Salem in The Crucible by Arthur Miller feel as though they must go to great lengths in order to have an influence in their community. The lack of power that women have in Salem sets the stage for hysteria. The female characters long for a voice in the community, and attempt to gain one by using their court powers to blame those around them and lying to gain attention from the community. Due to the very little power women have in Salem, the women find the need to blame others in order to be heard. While Abigail is being accused of performing witchcraft, she tries to blame Tituba. Abigail states, “Sometimes I wake and find myself standing in the open doorway and not a sitch on my body! I always hear her laughing in my sleep. I hear her singing Barbados songs and tempting me with-” (Miller 41).…show more content…
While In court with Mary Warren, Abigail and the girls say, “Why do you come, yellow bird?” (106). They claim that Mary Warren is sending the devil upon them. They all establish lie in order to be heard over Mary Warren. The girls and Abigail feel as though since they lack power in the community that lying is the only way they can gain that power and feel as though they impact the community. Through all of history women have struggled to have a voice. Women are always attempting to gain power and be heard. In The Crucible the women use the techniques of blaming those around them, and using their court power to lie they gain a voice in the

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