The Crucible Greed Analysis

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I want this. Why can’t I have it? How many times do we hear this? From shopping malls to school yards, from teenagers to adults. When do we stop wanting more? “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs. But not every man’s greed.” Arthur Miller in ‘The Crucible’ and William Shakespeare in ‘Macbeth’ ask us to consider that over-reaching ourselves and wanting more than what is right will lead to tragedy. In particular, they explore their motives for greed and investigate the individual and moral consequence of their actions. Miller and Shakespeare both write about characters who act with varying degrees of greed. Abigail Williams is the villain of the story. She tells lies, manipulates her friends and the entire town, and she eventually…show more content…
The one thing that seems to motivate Macbeth is his ‘vaulting ambition’ and his desire to become and remain King of Scotland. “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself, and falls on th’other…” (Act 1, scene 7, p25-28) By Macbeth wanting to climb the ladder to become King, he was only thinking about benefits for himself, as compared to what he could bring to benefit the town and their people. The only desire of why he wanted to become King was for his own greed, power, and authority. Abigail and Macbeth, two characters that share the same values have strong motives which are power and the drive to ensure they get what they want at whatever cost, even if it means to kill people to get this…show more content…
Abigail’s greed was the most destructive to the outcome of this story. She destroyed most people’s reputation in the town. Many innocent people are hanged for crimes they did not commit including John Proctor. Abigail wanted to get rid of John Proctor’s wife Elizabeth, and Elizabeth was charged with consorting with the devil. Abigail new the punishment for the crime of witchcraft was hanging and carried out her accusation so that she and Jon could “dance upon her grave together.”(Act 3) John Proctor is also charged with witch craft; he had a choice of lying about consorting with the devil or keeping his integrity. John Proctor died a positive role model for the community and his children, and went to death with his soul and integrity. Similarity, In “Macbeth” individuals are killed for greed of power. Macbeth makes foolish decisions that lead him to paranoia, grief and his downfall. “Where our actions do not, our fears do make us traitors.” (Act IV, Scene 2) Macbeth’s downfall is attributed to a sense of over-confidence and ambition Macbeth’s destruction. Macbeth chose his own path of greed that ended his own self

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