Also it shows that the other girls as well as Marry Warren are scared of Abigail as they know that she is able to put the blame on anybody. Miller uses the power of fear to present Abigail as a powerful character as she uses it to control the other girls as they are frightened of her as she can get them killed. Miller uses the scene of the court room to emphasise this fear. The court room is a very powerful place and it is where people are judged to see if they are innocent or not. If they were innocent they would live and if they were found to be guilty they would be killed.
This quote “[…] Let either of you breathe a word and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you.” Shows her desperation and truly violent mind while she tries to control the mistake she’s made, but to control this mistake she must control those around her who know of it. No one would dare to expose her if they feared so terribly, Abigail uses this to her advantage. At the end of the trials Abigail was beginning to be revealed by townspeople who found out that she was the main accuser. When she found out about this she decided to take all of Parris’ money, and run away from Salem with Tituba. This leaves the reader wondering, but can only assume what will happen to
Macbeth on the other hand cannot sleep and starts to see things. When Macbeth starts acting strange towards people, Lady Macbeth deceives everyone to hind their secret. When Macbeth kills Banquo and Lady Macduff, Macbeth’s guilt starts to go away because the evil and amount of power has taken over him. Lady Macbeth starts to feel guilty and is no longer able to sleep. She fears the dark, meaning she is afraid of evil and what has become of it.
When john takes Mary to the court so she can testify against the girls they think it’s a bit suspicious. When the girls are brought into the court they accuse Mary of bewitching them. John gets fed up and he confesses to his affair with Abigail to prove that she is not a goodly person and that she is jealous of his wife. Elizabeth is brought to the court to prove of what john is saying is true but because of her kindness and her love for her husband she lies to protect his name. Abigail and the girls pretend Mary is bewitching them again which make Mary breakdown and accuse john of being a witch.
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!
This could be hindsight of her unimportance, or whether the director is suggesting that showing Abigail’s life is unnecessary. Or it could be interpreted that Abigail is influential even when she is offstage. We initially see Abigail in moments of high tension and anxiety which is built when she is offstage. Examples of this are when the Proctor’s are arguing. She has the ability to build up a climax into a higher level and then to defuse it by ending an act – turning it into an anti-climax.
The condemnation might have started out because they were forced to but eventually the Handmaids enjoy comdemning each other. The Red Centre therefore turns women against each other until the women don’t know who they could trust anymore. This puts the women in constant fear and they are then forced to do what is expected of them to survive. Gilead uses women to control women. At the Red Centre, it is the Aunts that drills Gilead’s messages into the Handmaids’ heads.
And they were senselessly murdered just because they were different. Nothing today can compare to the holocaust because it was so massive and unforgettable. But the holocaust has taught us about how people need to treat each other. If people start to treat each other like the Nazis did the Jews there is no stopping another holocaust from happening again. The Nazis were judgmental raciest and disgusting people who hated anyone who was different then them.
Mary Warren, a servant of the Proctor family revealed how fear easily takes over a person’s psyche. After realizing that Abigail sought to completely destroy Proctor’s marriage and name, she became terrified of her. Wishing to keep to her faith, she attempted to stay out of the issue, but was threatened by Proctor to give false testimony. Completely scared of what would happen to her, she lies to the court despite her faith. “I cannot lie no more, I am with God, I