The Poppet The Crucible focuses all on witchcraft and anything that has anything to do with witchcraft like: animals, dances, languages, darkness, dolls, and behaviors. So when they spot any of that they condemn you for it, like the poppet found in Goody Proctors house was better evidence to arrest her when she had already been accused for witchery. This poppet helps develop the plot, and it plays an important role. In the opening scene in Act two, Marry Warren gives Goody Proctor a poppet as a present which she says she made in court. Goody Proctor is then arrested for attempting murder against Abigail Williams.
Sean McDermott Mrs. Scuilli English 11 14 October 2011 The Power of Women in The Crucible In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, he shows what had happen in the colonial Massachusetts what was happening again during his time and the time of the Red scare. During the play Miller uses the role of women and their struggle to gain and fall from power affects everyone around them. In The Crucible, the female character, were very powerless, but when the events of the witch trials allow them to come into power on the theocracy, and their power has very negative effects on everyone in Salem. Abigail Williams, the most important witness of the Salem witch trials, gains power through abusing the emotions of the other girls in the town. Miller
Not only does she deny doing witchcraft, she also manages to accuse Tituba of having full responsibility while she is the one who starts the whole thing. At the end of the chapter, she also frames some other citizens, saying that she sees them with the Devil. Her affair with John Proctor is furthermore exposed to the audience. Betty, Reverend Parris’s daughter, reveals that Abigail attempts to drink blood as a charm in order to kill Elizabeth Proctor, who is John Proctor’s wife. Moreover, when Reverend Parris confronts Abigail about being fired by Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail denies any wrongdoings.
Salem Witch Trials Research Paper “The Salem witchcraft trials were a mass hysteria, a sort of shared delusion (The Lesson of Salem).” The events leading up to the witch trials was the dancing in the woods, to diagnosing Betty of practicing witchcraft, to people believing everyone were witches in the Village of Salem Massachusetts, and then the witch hunt. People in Salem believed practicing witchcraft was the devils practice. This affected Puritanism in the new nation. In Salem, people jumped to the conclusion of witch craft and in the end of 1692, “150 people got accused and 19 people got hung (The Lesson of Salem).” The Salem witchcraft trials had many historical factors that effected Puritanism in the new nation. “The Salem witchcraft trials were in the winter of 1691 to 1692(The Lesson of Salem).” The daughter, Betty Parris, and the niece of Samuel Parris, a minister in Salem Village, Massachusetts began to dabble in magic.
The tailor ‘whimpered', while his wife instructs him on her fake plot (Page 24). The Jew's wife is not much different than the tailor wife; she takes charge immediately and throws the hunchback body in the neighbor's house. This trend of manipulation continues in the tales of the barber's brothers. The first brother encountered the landlord's wife was described as 'wicked' and 'crazy' and the others encountered was also crazy. There are similar other example of how the women in the stories are just as double-crossing as the Queen of Shahriyar’s and Shahzaman’s, one of them being "the Tale of the Enchanted King".
The physical appearance of the woman concluded the examination and marked them as witches, due to physical signs left by the devil such as a "wart." Ann, and her parents accused many more townspeople, typically those who were enemies of the family. The accusation sent fear to the people as villagers believed that anyone could be a witch. By the time Ann's witch hunt was over, she had accused 62 people . Tituba denied to have practiced any witchcraft and was beated by Parris to confess as he would promise her freedom.
Tituba in turn blames other women, and Abigail cunningly devises a plan of accusing other people of witchcraft including Elizabeth, Proctor’s wife. Abigail saw Mary Warren, the Proctor’s maid, making a doll and sticking a needle inside the doll for safekeeping. She decided to stick a needle in the same place as the doll and accuse Elizabeth of sending her “spirit” to stab Abigail. However, everything goes wrong when her act jails Proctor. Unable to convince him to escape with her, Abigail runs away to never to be seen again.
However, traditional attitudes towards witchcraft began to transform in the early 14th century; a combination of residual fear from the devastation of the Black Death in 1347-1349 and loss of the sovereign Catholic church helped to propel a renewed fear of witches. Rumor panics in central Europe painted witches as "plague spreaders" as well as a threatening body aimed to destroy the "Christian kingdoms through magic and poison." (Gibbons) Witch cases increased momentum steadily throughout out the 14th century; first mass trial of witches transpired in the 15th century. In 1532, the Holy Roman Empire established "Carolina Code," a basic law code that imposed heavy banalities on witchcraft. The first waves of Reformation stuck during the beginning of the 16th century and led to a decline in trials.
In ‘The Crucible,’ the protagonist Abigail Williams manipulates her friends and the entire town of Salem, when she accuses innocent people of being witches, in a personal vendetta against Elizabeth Proctor, the wife of John Proctor, whom she had a previous affair with. The hysteria of the witch hunt in Salem is a result of Abigail’s selfish and vengeful behaviour, which leads nineteen innocent people to the gallows. “My name is good in the village! Elizabeth Proctor is an envious, gossipy liar!” Salem is oblivious to Abigail’s true vindictive nature and vengeance. ‘I beg you, sir, I beg you-see her for what she is.’ This statement by John Proctor reveals that he is only one of the very few, who is able to see the truth behind Abigail’s façade, however, her public persona of being an innocent young girl, possessed by the ‘devil’, that she so cunningly portrays was too strong and no one would have suspected she was capable of such lies and
The unstable conditions of Salem were also a cause of the Salem Witch Trials (Interpretation G). During the years leading up to the witch-trials Salem was in a time of a time of political, religious and social unrest. The charter that granted them their colony was lost and a new leader appointed by the crown was sent to rule all of Massachusetts. Also, the citizens of Salem had a genuine fear of God’s power and the destruction he could bring to the colony if they discovered to be in cahoots with the Devil. This made the prosecution and search for witches a very serious and high priority matter.