I have heard it said, and I tell you as I heard it, that she comes so rarely to the church this year for she will not sit so close to something soiled. What signified that remark? ABIGAIL: She hates me, uncle, she must, for I would not be her slave. It’s a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman, and I will not work for such a woman!” (I.63-66).This shows how important his reputation is for him, even more important than his daughter being in coma and being accused of committing witchcraft. Parris fears more of his reputation being blackened and less of being at risk of the spirits.
He seems very queer sometimes, and even Jennifer has an inexplicable look.” (246), “I know she was studying that pattern, and I am determined that nobody shall find it out but myself!” (247) Her obsession with the wallpaper gains momentum because she wasn’t allowed to change it. At the end, John faints when he breaks into the room and sees his wife in the psychotic
Crucible: Test of Pride Honesty and Love A crucible is a word that symbolizes a test or trial. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, deals with a witch hunt that took place in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. In this witch hunt, Miller found parallels to the “Red Hunt” that was being conducted in the 1950’s in Washington D.C., by Senator Joseph McCarthy. Arthur Miller is often considered to be one of the greatest play writers of the late 20th century. In the play entitled, The Crucible, four characters including John Proctor, Abigail Williams, Elizabeth Proctor, and Giles Cory, all endure a test of which all pass except for Abigail Williams who fails.
They both have various similarities and differences and these comparisons say a great deal about both of their characters. Now, a key difference between Banquo and Macbeth is that Macbeth is already obviously a representation of the Machiavellian concept. He is willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants, in this case, the prestigious title, King. As soon as the three witches give him his prophecy, he is engulfed with the hunger, the desire of power. Due to this unrestrained burst of ambition, Macbeth turns to darkness and he begins to act on his thoughts even though when Banquo asks if he ever thinks about the witches’ prophecy, he denies it all.
They made life miserable for those accused and did not stop, even when they had had their “fun”. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, draws obvious parallels between the 1950’s Red Scare and the witch-hunts that took place in Salem of 1692. Miller connects the hysteria brought about through accusations thrown around by both Senator McCarthy and Abigail Williams by emphasizing how much power their groups hold over everyone. During the times of the Salem Witch Trials and the Red Scare, fear ruled those unfortunate enough to be involved in nearly any conflict. Be it fear of witchcraft or communism,the fact is that it swept throughout the early and post-industrial United States.
People start accusing others when they are afraid of the consequences. The girls, being afraid of getting condemned, started accusing others in order to save themselves. Not only did they not have enough information to support their claim, they also caused the suffering of others. Mrs. Putnam accuses Goody Osburn of murdering her babies on page 49. She exclaims, ‘’I knew it!
When John Proctor gets convicted in Act Three, through Abigail's transparent machinations, Hale's confidence is shattered. He quits the court and storms out in anger. The transition from overconfidence to total disillusionment is already a big journey, but then Miller takes his character a step further in Act Four. After taking off for some soul searching, Hale turns up hoping to save some lives. He councils convicted witches to confess, so that they won't be hanged.
Garrett McGrath The Crucibles 1/07/11 In Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” the character John Hale goes from being a blind reverend to a guilt-filled, open human being. He goes from believing everything the girls say at the beginning of the book, to seeing that they are telling lies at the end of the book. John Hale is one of the most complex characters in the novel and has the most drastic change amongst all the other characters. At the beginning of the novel reverend hale is the most confident man he believes that he can tell a witch from a puritan, no questions asked. He had all the books on how to do this, he believed he was above and beyond prepared for the witch trials and was going to take them down.
It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay during 1692 and 1693. Although both authors rely on fear and persuasion, Edwards depends more on imagery and figurative language while Miller utilizes allegory and dramatic techniques. "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" combines vivid imagery of Hell with observations of the world and citations of the scripture. Edwards hoped that the imagery and message of his sermon would awaken his audience to the horrific reality that awaited them should they continue without Christ. “If it were not for God's restraints, there are, in the souls of wicked men, hellish principles reigning which, presently, would kindle and flame out into hellfire (Edwards 1).” "The wrath of God is like great waters that are dammed for the present.
These men being in power for so long could hardly bare the thought of change “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change” (Shelley). They were being threatened with losing their power over people. These puritan ministers decided they needed to do something so they could remain in power “The ministers were believed to have encouraged the strange behavior so that they could increase their own influence over the people by showing that they were able to rid the afflicted from evil spirits” (The Salem Witch Trials-Home). This path they chose made monsters out of innocent people. Now for who was the real monster’s behind this is hard to tell.