The people of the town were pressured, accused, and tested simple tests but the girls would scream with such pain whenever the accused spoke. The victims, the girls, and the judges all were consumed in the anarchy and lost all sanity. Were people convicted of not only being witches in Salem but across the country suspicion arose and people convicted women of being witches for the simplest causes. Two girls took a joke way too far and caused disorder across the country. Not all "witches" were from Salem, MA.
It makes perfect sense as to why Miller wrote The Crucible allegorically to these events, 1953 was a time in which American fear and madness concerning communism was frankly getting out of control, just as the experiences in Salem were in the 1690s. The Crucible is a historically fictitious adaption of the Salem Witch Trials which as previously stated, was an episode of unjust accusations of witchcraft/devil worship carried out by a group of female teens. In the play, the group of accusing teens is led by girl named Abigail Williams. In order to refocus the “heat” on another source in order to save herself from trouble, her and her peers wrongfully stage a phenomenon of witchcraft in Salem, producing mass panic in the community for months on end. It got so bad in fact, that at one point Abigail implied that even the official court judges could be guilty of wicked doings; “Let you beware, Mr. Danforth.
Alexandra has a yearning to be a nurse, however Father is not particularly avid about the idea, to say the least. Edgar joins the war, and instils fear and worry into Mother, while Father is prouder than ever. Unfortunately he doesn’t feel this amount of pride for Thomas, as he decides to go to Manchester to study medicine, as he does not agree with the justifications of going into war. Alexandra’s premonitions have strong impacts throughout the book and are a main focus in it. Throughout the book, tension builds and drops – there are some upsetting and discomforting affairs for the Fox family.
Character Analysis of John Proctor The Crucible by Arthur Miller takes place during the time of the famous Salem Witch Trials in the late 1600’s. Rumors of witchcraft are among the townspeople all due to a group of girls who are hysterical and are pretending to be under spells of witchcraft. Innocent citizens are being accused left and right for committing some sort of witchcraft and everyone in the small town of Salem feels like they can trust no one. Throughout the play many of the characters evolved in one way or another. In the course of the play, one of the major characters John Proctor, goes through changes and faces multiple challenges.
He does love her, but because of the hierarchy in their household, and because he is a physician, he firmly believes that he is right in everything he is doing. Whether he is right or wrong doesn’t make a difference, because no matter what she does or say, his wife’s voice is never heard. It gets very noticeable that her entrapment is only making her case worse. When she tried to explain to him the effects that the wallpaper was having on her, “he [says] that [she] was letting it get the better of [her]” (2). He wasn’t supportive, and did not make any effort to try and let her express her feelings, which made her isolated even more.
Lear also demonstrates his awareness that he is losing his mind when he thinks about the pain his daughters put him through: “On such a night as this! O Regan, Goneril, Your old kind father, whose frank heart gave all—Oh, that way madness lies. Let me shun that. No more of that” Edgar’s “Madness” is different from King Lear’s. Edgar has to convince others of his insanity in order to avoid being captured and executed.
In the soliloquy, Hamlet is at first upset with himself about finding ways to avoid avenging his Father’s murder, like his spirit in ghost form told him to. This complaining turns into self hatred and then Hamlet is insulting himself outright. The main reason for this is he has agreed to get revenge on Claudius so his father’s spirit can be at peace, but he hasn’t done it yet. The fact that the Player seems to be more able to get into the mindset of revenge than he can further discourages him. This on top of the fact that Hamlet’s dad is dead and his mother married that man he hates most in the world makes for a pretty melancholy fellow.
Helmer’s character in A Doll's House does not change until the very end when his wife leaves him. Nora risks everything for the sake of her husband, without regard to the possible consequences of her actions. Helmer is only concerned with appearances. He just wants to be able to show everyone his beautiful wife. He is outraged by Nora’s actions when he thinks it will negatively affect how he is viewed by society but when he finds out there will be no repercussions he can forgive her behavior.
Later on, Celie is married off to a man who is just as abusive as her Pa. She is not even willing to call her husband by his name, but instead by Mr. ___. He is only married to Celie just to take care of his four children, take care of his home, and work in his fields. Although she is still living in a bad environment, she is somewhat happy to be married because she can now have her younger sister leave Pa’s household. Unfortunately, after Nettie moves in with Celie and her husband, she is soon kicked out for not doing what Mr. ___ wants her to do sexually. Even though Nettie still promises to stay in contact with Celie through letter, Celie doesn’t hear from her.
This continues with his being unable to explain why he laughed, perhaps indicating nervousness. This may be due to the fact that he does not want his family to know of his drinking. However, it soon becomes clear that Eric is just as compassionate as his sister when he hears of how his father fired Eva Smith. He says ‘why shouldn’t they try for higher wages’. This