Empowerment In The Crucible

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The Crucible, by Arthur Miller can be superficially interpreted as a play that takes place during an era when witches posed a threat to people. With the villagers of Salem being a strictly religious puritan, any malicious event would have been considered to be the act of the devil and therefore were sought to be terminated immediately. It was during the early year of 1692 when mass hysteria rapidly spread throughout the people of Salem; with people being accused of consorting with devils and casting spells. These honest people were mainly middle-aged women who were childless or who were abandoned by their husbands. This trend undoubtedly represents the theme of empowerment and gender in the play. Yet, different perspectives argue that The Crucible presents an allegory of the Red Scare that took place during the McCarthy Era, especially to the corruption of the government. The corrupt government…show more content…
Abigale is the archetype of empowerment in “The Crucible” with her manipulation of other women to achieve her relatively simple goal of revenging on Elizabeth Proctor. Abigale’s authoritarian behavior is noticed when she demands other girls to stay silent about having practiced witchcraft. “Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you”. This threat that Abigale put out to the other girls demonstrated the empowerment that she has over others. This sense of authority over others drives Abigale further as in the trials where ministers and other God’s earthly representatives are present, she pretends to have a direct connection with God. She further gains the reputation of others and this precisely demonstrates how the witch trials spread though out the
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