The Nature Of Power In The Crucible

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The nature of power may be explained as the possession of domineering influence. Such influence is brought upon by the exploitation of certain factors which as a result espouse fear or question in the minds of those being exposed to power. The beholder experiences, change in mind set, and values. Through the study of my chosen texts, the nature of power will be deconstructed to divulge the legitimacy in which the fickle nature of power results in the fact which, humanity rejects the pinnacles of our ethical values for other forms of power. It is the allusive factors between power and rationality which dramatically affects the stability of decisiveness. Arthur Miller’s text, ‘The Crucible’ is a cogent representation of the fragility of humanities ease to its susceptibility to the manipulation of power. The play is an allegory of the McCarthy period and Miller’s intention is to recap…show more content…
Miller manifests this ideology through the application of literary and stage techniques. A key character in the play which demonstrates this ideology is Abigail Williams. Her unscrupulous nature promotes the use of propaganda to shift suspicion among people and to manipulate by the power of hysteria. From the beginning of the play Abigail enforces power of speech stirring hysteria to devoid any towards her. Continuously throughout the text she performs acts of deception which tragically condemn others to death just to cover her lies. Miller exhibits that power lies with those who have people to impose it upon. This power is demonstrated most effectively in Mary Warren’s retraction in Act 3. When Mary confesses against the witchcraft is Salem Abigail and the other girls abuse the power of unity and accuse Mary of spiritually attacking them. Abigail says, ‘Oh please Mary! Don’t come down. Mary please don’t hurt me.” Miller uses dramatic irony as the audience is aware of Mary’s innocence. Ultimately fear espoused by Abigail’s
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