The women who were acting out on being affected by witches was all to get social respect which they did not get because the only respect women in the past got was over the children in her home. People in the society never valued women as much as they did value men. The teenage girls spoke up in church and they criticized the minister. People started thinking that those girls were touched by witches. The minister in the church was scared since the young girls tried to speak and fight for their rights.
The way she treats her children is un-motherly and selfish, for example when “she had not noticed that her children’s clothes were ruined: had not even scolded them about that” (White 263). In itself, it does not sound so bad, but when the story continues it says that even though she didn’t care about that, once “she found out about the unicorn later in the evening she had them whipped for it” (White 263). This also seems not too absurd, since she is punishing them for a wrongdoing. Although that is what it seems she is doing from an outside perspective, her actual intentions are clear when it continues saying that her reasons for beating them are because “she had spent an unsuccessful day with the English knights.” (White 263). Her reasons to punish her children were not their actions, but because of her own selfish reasons, it shows how twisted she is for behaving this way with her own
Another reason their relationship is dangerous is that if John Procter were to prosecute against Abigail Williams saying that she is in fact a witch, Abigail Williams could very easily tell the entire town that she and Procter have been having an affair to get revenge on him. It wouldn’t really affect her too much, but on the contrary, it would ruin his reputation in the town and his relationship with his wife. Later in Act I, Abigail is being “interrogated” by Reverend Hale and she claims “I never sold myself! I’m a good girl! I’m a proper girl!” (Miller 40) in this statement, Abigail is defending herself that she never sold herself to the devil.
Thus, showing that women in the 17th century were treated poorly just like women in the 1950s. Just like the 1950s women in the crucible had no real power. The judges in the Crucible were all male. No women held any power in the court. Except for Abigail Williams because she was able to manipulate everyone into thinking
She then starts to mimic the actions and words of Mary; this in turn builds a solid proof in the eyes of the court that Mary Warren practices witchcraft. Abigail could care less of who she accused and sentenced to death, she watches people die in front of her eyes without feeling any regrets on her actions. In the end of The Crucible, Abigail and Mercy Lewis steal Reverend Parris’s money and aboard a ship because the town detests her and she loses her reputation in Salem. Abigail didn’t expect this ending, she thought by sentencing Goody Proctor to death she will live happily ever after with John. Lack of guilt made Abigail do contemptible actions, which took the lives of innocent
Other novels I read include The Dead by James Joyce and Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy, both of which addressed the theme of materialism and wealth as factors to being regarded highly in society, and how this way of functioning in society leads people away from living a true and happy life. These novels were written decades ago. One would think that with these societal problems being recognized for so long, we would have made more progress than we have by now. Instead, activists such as Audre Lourde stand decades later, addressing the same issues. Lourde, what with being a middle-aged, black, lesbian feminist with children, faces much of this oppression, and finds herself frowned upon by society.
The lack of power that women have in Salem sets the stage for hysteria. The female characters long for a voice in the community, and attempt to gain one by using their court powers to blame those around them and lying to gain attention from the community. Due to the very little power women have in Salem, the women find the need to blame others in order to be heard. While Abigail is being accused of performing witchcraft, she tries to blame Tituba. Abigail states, “Sometimes I wake and find myself standing in the open doorway and not a sitch on my body!
They often don't pick up on the nrules or cues society have to operate. Lindy Chamberlin did not respond like society expected her to when her baby was killed. This made her an outsider. She was never seen crying about her baby and this made people think that she had no emotions and because she had no emotions she must have been more than capable to kill her own
http://www.victorianweb.org/index.html The Women at English Literature Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Brontë) The role of Jane Eyre is an excellent example on the view and manners of women in the Victorian Period. She is resigned, but already have personal thoughts and pursues. She is a middle-class worker, with no actual family and no prospects, at the beginning, of improvement. But, because of her personality, she manages to transform her life in many ways. If she were a "kind" child, by the eyes of Mrs. Reed, she would never go to Lockwood school; she were able to grow up in terms of knowledge in the school, because she had the need of being liked by others and was strong enough to improve herself in many ways; she, by herself, took a chance when announcing to be a governess.
For example, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John, during the writing of the Declaration to encourage him to include the rights of women, arguing that men have turned into tyrants in the past (Doc D). Although Abigail proved herself to be very intelligent John did not listen to his wife’s requests and women received no voice or representation in government under the Declaration or Constitution. Women along with other minority groups were not impacted at all by the Declaration of Independence because they were not included; only the fifteen percent of the population, or the white men with property experienced any sort of radical changes. Historians feel the