The Crucible Essay

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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). Abigail doesn’t blame Tituba because it’s true; Abigail blames her because she knows that people will listen to her if she does. Abigail enjoys lying to be heard by the entire community of Salem. For the first time in her life Abigail feels as though people are listening to her and she enjoys the attention and power she obtains. Another way the women in Salem use their powers in the court to blame others is when Abigail is asked if the poppet with a needle was a voodoo doll. Clearly Abigail knows it is only a doll Elizabeth Proctor made out of boredom but when asked if Elizabeth Proctor keeps poppets she claims, “Goody

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