The last character that contributed to an entire town’s belief in witches would be Danforth. His stubborn and narrow minded attitude had people dangling from a rope. It is easy to say that Abigail Williams is the triumphant ringleader of the accusers in The Crucible. Constantly pointing fingers, she named name after name and everyone believed her whole heartedly. At the beginning of the play, Reverend Parris accused Abigail of witch craft but to avoid punishment she passed the blame to Tituba saying “I never called him!
The Crucible Have you ever tried to show leadership by doing the wrong/ right thing? The Crucible By Arthur Miller is about a little town called Salem in Massachusetts .In the town of Salem there were young girls who lied to the whole town that they seen witches and the Devil . These girls showed this emotion for being bored and being threatened by Abigail the niece of Parris..Proctor and Abigail wanted to show leadership because each one wanted a specific gain from the town of Salem . Abigail only really wanted John Proctor because she wanted to see Elizabeth to suffer . When Abigail was in court she told Mary Warren to stick a needle in a poppet and give it to Elizabeth so they can obtain her.
William Griggs to examine them. He concluded that the girls were under the influence of an “Evil Hand”; in other words, were victims of witchcraft. The topic of witchcraft soon began to spread in the village and when their frightening behaviours continued, the townspeople begged the girls to name their wicked tormentors. On March 1692, Tituba, Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne were accused for afflicting Abigail, Betty and other girls such as Ann Putnam Jr. They were three social outcasts despised and distrusted by the town; a slave, an old woman who had married her slave and homeless beggar.
The puritans of Massachusetts had a lot of religious and social conflict. When the Salem witch hunts started. It was all due to panic and huge misunderstandings. If children were stillborn, or if crops were ruined or did not grow, instantly someone would say it was witchcraft. Most of the women accused of witch craft at first, were older women who were not afraid to speak their minds and who were very outspoken and had opinions of there own.
Conformity is following what everyone else is doing. They would accuse people and when someone was accused the majority of people agreed that the person was guilty without question. They would have a witch trial but it was merely to get someone to confess they were a witch. If they did not they would be killed. Analysis During the time of the witch trials if someone did something that was odd or uncommon they would be accused of being a witch.
Carlson believes that the girls had suffered from an epidemic of encephalitis which caused the girls to exhibit strange neurological and physical behaviors such as convulsions, hallucinations, mental instability and pinching pain on the skin all around the body. With no idea that these behaviors were symptoms of a medical condition, the highly superstitious and religious Puritans could only put the blame on the witches that the girls claimed they were victimized by, which ultimately put fear and paranoia in the minds of the townspeople. During the time of the colonists, there was little knowledge on microorganisms such as bacteria that could be passed around through various means causing diseases and deaths throughout the colonies. According to Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis, subconscious desires and psychological aspects play a large part in the Puritan girls’ behavior. The girls subconsciously wanted attention and to be noticed by people so their subconscious acted upon that desire and it is also likely that the girls could have been going through puberty at their age which would further bring out confused desires and immature, strange behavior.
Abigial really ignites the fire by blaming Tituba for "bewitching her". As soon as Tituba confesses to witchcraft, to save her herself, and tells Mr. Hale and Rev. Parris that she saw Goody Good and Goody Osburn with the devil, all the girls start naming off names of women all around Salem that they supposedly saw with the Devil. Mary Warren is to blame for many innocent deaths as well. Mary was the housewife for John and Elizabeth Proctor.
And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters. And that is all. And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the 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.” (pg. 1268) All along Abby denied having anything to do with witchcraft to the adults but, during the trials the rest of the town and the audience soon comes to figure out she has been lying to protect herself.
Due to the fact that Elizabethans were afraid of evil, the odd people in communities started being accused of witchcraft. Witchcraft had a great impact of the daily and social lives of the Elizabethans. Soon neighbors slung accusations at each other and started ruckus all over England. Children rolled on the floor having convulsions and blaming random people for hexing or possessing them (Saintives). Anyone with odd names, weird looks, or were found mumbling chants, were accused of witchcraft and were put to death.
Elizabeth breaks the news to John that Abigail, the woman (or more teenager) that John had sex with, is telling people all over town that certain members of society are witches. Elizabeth hears from one of the accused that Abigail is to blame which sparks anger in John. Even though John tries to tell Elizabeth of Abigail's good nature, Elizabeth believes that Abigail is to blame solely because she committed adultery with her (Elizabeth's) husband. "My Wife will never die for me!...that goodness will not die for me," (38)! John soon comes to the conclusion that Elizabeth doesn't care about him since Elizabeth doesn't care about Abigail.