In Macbeth there is a big conflict of power between the witches and Macbeth, however, the reader knows the witches are the ones in power. We can tell this because Macbeth questions the witches and they do not answer and because when he commands them they disappear. Whereas in Wuthering Heights there is a conflict of
Hysteria leads the people of Salem to believe that those who were friends are executing witchery and associating themselves with the devil. The continuous accusations of witchery present the people of Salem with a chance to redeem long-term grudges. The abundant case of Abigail Williams uses the current situation to indict charges on Elizabeth Proctor, having her sent to jail. Not to be entirely blamed, Reverend Parries also pronounces his placement in society by accusing the people who question his authority. Hysteria can prosper from those who feed off of it.
Arthur Miller shows how being put on the spot can scare people and make them accuse others. Abigail was put on the spot and she didn’t want people to think she was acting like a witch, even though she was, so she put the blame on Tituba. In Act III, Mary Warren was going to help Elizabeth Proctor get out of trouble with the court. Elizabeth was accused by Abigail in Act II because Abigail wanted to be with John Proctor who is Elizabeth’s husband. Mary Warren was forced by John Proctor to speak the church about confessing/lying so Elizabeth could be back home with John.
Miller leaves the audience with a negative impression of the affect that these with power can have over others as he conveys the suffering that can result from such situations. Abigail lies to conceal her affair, and to prevent charges of witchcraft. Lowering her eyes to Parris, Abigail innocently pleads “we never conjured spirits”. Abigail shifts the focus away from herself, finding an avenue of power and takes full advantage of it. Ruthlessly accusing others of witchcraft she changes her story as a desperate act of self-preservation, “I danced with the devil; I saw him; I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss his hand.
They very much encourage him in his accomplishments and awake his desires. They give Macbeth a false sense of hope with their prophecies of truths. They are the ones who cement the actual idea of killing Duncan into Macbeth's mind. But if it were only the witches prophecies, then Macbeth surely would not have murdered the king. “When you durst to do it, then you were a man,” (Macbeth, Act One Scene 7) When you reason things out by yourself you have a habit of knowing what is right and what is wrong, a conscience.
Whether through appearance or dialogue, elements of the paranormal are evident through the development of the characters. Supernatural effects are ultimately proved to be a success throughout this play. The use of the supernatural occurs at the beginning of the play, with three witches predicting the fate of Macbeth. This gives the audience a clue to what the future holds for Macbeth. The witches are characters that incite action by prophesying to Macbeth: “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (1.3.51).
Parris feared that Abigail’s increasingly questionable actions and the hints of witchcraft surrounding his daughter’s coma will threaten his reputation and force him from the pulpit. “Abigail, I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff-necked people to me, and now, just now when some good respect is rising for me in the parish, you compromise my very character.”(12) His pride makes him cover up the truth about what he saw in the woods. Parris could have said something about what the girls where doing so people would not have assumed that the girls’ sickness was due to witchcraft. John Proctor also wanted to keep his good name from being destroyed. Early in the play, he had a chance to put a stop to the girls’ accusations, but his desire to preserve his reputation keeps him from testifying against Abigail.
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
Putnam is a prime example of someone who will use the Witch trials to help with his own personal vendettas against the people he sees to have limited his chance of belonging which in turn limits any further chance of him belonging. Also in the text, Act Two Mary Warren says “..I am an official of the court.” with her head held high and with a great sense of being part of the community because she belongs as a member of the court with the group of girls in which she has never felt fully accepted by now until this point where she lies for them and with them. Therefore the
showing us that the thought of murder was already at the back of his mind. Macbeth could not have been as honourable and trustworthy as people believed him to be, given that if he had had but a shred of integrity, murder would have been the last thing on his mind. Macbeth is given prophecies by the witches and he is encouraged to act on these suggestions by Lady Macbeth, but he ultimately makes the choices to murder Duncan, Macduff's family and Banquo. The fact that Macbeth feels guilt, fears being caught and fears losing the throne reveals he has hidden anxiety. If Macbeth was truly at the mercy of fate, following the prophesise that was “set out”, he would have no difficulties in carrying out his crimes.