Within The Crucible, those that were paranoid, and the consistency of lies led to the suspicion of those neighbors and friends related to witchcraft. These seem to play-off of each other and ultimately are alike in details, but different in time, as well as how they emerged. In The Crucible, the girls, in their teens, accuse women in Salem of witchcraft. When Tituba is first accused, many accusations fell thereafter. So, Tituba accused others to save herself, which ultimately caused the accused to place blame on others, which then, causes a, “chain reaction.” In 1692 nineteen men and women, all convicted of witchcraft, were sentenced to hang in Gallows Hill, a town near Salem.
Parris, Abigail causes the hysteria with her lies and accusations by falsely accusing people in the village of practicing witchcraft. She goes along with Tituba and gives names while Tituba is being stressed to reveal names of people who’s been involved with the devil “Tituba, rocking and weeping: Aye, sir, and Goody Osburn.”(Tituba). Abigail admits that she was involved with the devil and want to return to God. She does this because she wants attention and doesn’t want anyone to have suspicions of her. Abigail had an affair with John Proctor so she gives reveal his wifes name Elizabeth as one of the witches so she can be put to death with the other accused and Abigail can have John Proctor all to herself.
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.
They thought that the devil had the ability to enter a person's body and turn them into a witch. If something out of the ordinary happened or someone acted in an unsavory matter, they would often blame it on a witch. Cotton Mather, who was the Puritan Church leader and was very respected, made a statement that claimed that there were devils and witches in New England. Anything he said was taken seriously by the majority of the Puritan population. This statement probably influenced them and increased their paranoia that there were witches living among them.
Nine-year old Elizabeth Parris and eleven years old Abigail Williams started having fits, strange behaviors and would scream with anger. A doctor looked at the girls and decided that the only explanation was spells caused by witchcraft. Despite the fact today we know it wasn’t logically true, but the town had a strong belief of the devil. Hysteria and chaos took over the town, soon enough when girls all over town decided to take part in it, and began accusing the townspeople without a reason. This is one reason why this is the worst thing that happened to America.
The Crucible, set during the Salem Witch Trials, is about how young girls could persuade an entire puritanical society to believe that there are witches. Throughout the plot of the story, John Proctor is an important character. While he dismisses the fact that there are witches, it is revealed that Proctor had an affair with Abigail, the first accuser. Throughout the beginning and middle of the story, Proctor pays his penance privately and no one knows what he did. When he tries to confess to the court about his sin to prove that he would not lie about the witches, the court puts him in jail for lying ironically.
I believe that some of the members of the audience saw the magical influence of the witches that overtook Macbeth and some saw it as his own flaws. Evidence would suggest that most of them believed his actions to be influenced. Witchcraft was an unknown practice for those who did not practise it and the unknown is what people feared the most. The following will explore the audience of the time and how/whether their limited knowledge will have them stand by Macbeth or against him. Witchcraft during the Elizabethan era, as mentioned before, was a feared practise.
The Crucible and Dante's Seven Deadly Sins In the play The Crucible hundreds of people were falsely accused of witchcraft without any proof, this time period is known as the Salem Witch Trials.. Arthur Miller wrote this play to show how horrific and unfair the Salem Witch Trials were. In this play sins are broken rapidly.. Some of these sins are pride, wrath, lust, envy, sloth and gluttony. Pride is to be very positive about what you have done. Lust is to have a sexual desire or determination toward someone or something.
Body Paragraph #1 A. Topic sentence : Arthur Miller’s development of Fear in The Crucible is parallel to the fear that was experienced in the 1950’s. B. CD #1: Abigail accuses Tituba of being a witch and to prevent herseld from being hanged, Tituba confesses that she was doing witchcraft (Miller 45-49). C. CM #1.A. : Being accused of being witch in Salem, Massachusetts was alarming because even if one was innocent, they are still held guilty D. CM #1.B: One could infer that the morals of society dictated that a person wasn’t “Innocent until proven guilty” but rather they were “guilty until proven innocent.” E. CD #2: “ [ In Hollywood] blacklists were quickly circulated of
Many try to explain or rationalize the bizarre happenings of the witch hunts and the causes that contributed to them. To understand the trials and how they came to be, we must first examine the ideals and views of the people surrounding the events. Although religious beliefs were the most influential factor, socioeconomic tensions, and ergot poisoning are also strongly supported theories The Ergot Poisoning Theory The Salem witch trials have fascinated historians for centuries, largely because of their bizarre nature and the great uncertainty that surrounds them. One of the most intensely debated topics is the question of why the girls began to accuse seemingly random townspeople of witchcraft. However, there is little evidence to support any theory, and consequently historians