Throughout Macbeth, ambition is the main driving force for the heinous crimes committed during the play. The Witches are aware that security is a human’s biggest enemy and use this knowledge to deceive and destroy Macbeth through charms and illusions. The desire for power has an extremely negative effect on Macbeth and his wife; this ultimately corrupts their mental well-being, personalities and actions. The desire for power has the potential to corrupt individuals by negatively influencing their actions and personality by giving them greed, overconfidence and the inability to grasp reality. In Macbeth, Shakespeare portrays the idea that ambition and the desire for power is ultimately man’s worst enemy as it can lead to the absolute corruption of individuals.
And finally, Macbeth’s own ambition was to blame. Blinded by his greed he became an evil monster that could not be controlled. Why should anyone else be held responsible when really Macbeth was the one who should be accountable of his own actions? The witches set up the fire that was soon to become the undoing of Macbeth. They told him a self-fulfilling prophecy and by doing so, his ambition kicked into play.
His series of crimes begins with the witches planting the idea of murder the king in his head. Subsequently, Lady Macbeth’s manipulation pushes Macbeth into committing the crime. After all this Macbeth is left with nothing but loneliness and eventually his own death. The Weird Sisters’ ambiguous prophecies combined with Lady Macbeth’s lust for power and poisoned mindset persuade Macbeth to cause the deaths of the king and ultimately himself. One of the main causes that results in Macbeth committing so many murders is the prophecies of the witches.
She develops a twisted plot to secure John for herself. She tries to accomplish this by accusing Elizabeth of witchcraft, that ultimately leads to Elizabeth's arrest. Many other good-willed people in Salem also get accused of witchcraft. Proctor realizes that he must end this hysteria in Salem, and to do so, he has to confess to his adultery. Such an admittance would ruin his good name and Proctor is a proud man who, above all, places great emphasis on his reputation.
The very idea of witchcraft is reprobated, as Reverend Parris reiterates, "Thomas, Thomas, I pray you, leap not to witchcraft. I know thatyou least of all, Thomas, would ever wish so disastrous a charge laid upon me. We cannot leap to witchcraft. They will howl me out of Salem for such corruption in my house." (14) When the court becomes involved, the judges, reproving the practice of witchcraft in any form, are more prone to believing the girls' accounts of the torture each condemned person had inflicted upon them by the
(Miller, pg 1131) Later we see Abigail turning against Tituba to save herself. This pattern occurs constantly throughout the play. Whenever the reality begins to peek through deception, she buries it by accusing someone else of witchcraft. This is the first step in this confused teenagers journey through mendacity. Abigail’s stance in court is complicit in leading Mary Warren away from the search for the truth.
According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary malicious is an act that is “vicious, wanton, or mischievous in motivation or purpose.” In the novel The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail Williams, the seventeen year old niece of Reverend Parris, portrays the characteristic of being malicious. Throughout the novel, Abigail performs malicious acts of deceit that fuels the plot for the entire novel. The first act Abigail commits is an affair with John Proctor, a proud man who is married to Elizabeth Proctor. However, when Proctor ends everything between him and Abigail, Abigail is left hurt and envious of Elizabeth. In order for Abigail to enact revenge, she starts malicious rumors about Elizabeth.
Conflict certainly exposes the true qualities of a person that might have been kept deep inside never to be revealed, however due to the pressure of a bad situation the ‘real’ person is displayed. McCarthyism has been shown in the play “The Crucible”, which was practiced by Abigail. McCarthyism is paranoia and finding scapegoats and blaming innocent people for things they did not do. Many lives were ruined because of this. In the Crucible, Abigail is tormented by the fact that she had been caught out having an affair with John Proctor.
The Crucible The theme jealousy can destroy lives is shown through the actions of Abigail Williams affects Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor and herself. “This can’t work anymore, I love someone else.” Hearing these words can affect many people’s lives, causing them to hurt others around them.” “The Crucible” was written in 1953 by Arthur Miller. The play is about the witch trials that took place in Salem Massachusetts; where many innocent people were accused of witchcraft. Abigail’s actions sent Elizabeth to jail, but also cause John his freedom and life. At the end of act four Proctor refuses to give his name to the court, he clearly stated that he had already gave himself in and told them that he was a man of the devil and that they couldn’t take his name, because that’s the only thing he had left.
I hear her singing her Barbados songs and tempting me with-". The Conflict that Abigail creates through her accusations portrays how the presence of fear (trouble) is at the heart of the conflict. Through the fear of being whipped or hanged, prompted Tituba to "confess" to being a witch and name other women who had joined her. Tituba’s immense fear of punishment or pain sparks this spiral of conflicts with reference to false accusations of the presence of Lucifer in innocent religious members of the Salem community. Tituba pleads to reverend Hale “and he say, Look!