A Strong Desire For Power In Abigail Williams By Arthur Miller

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What makes humans have a strong desire for power? Arthur Miller uses multiple characters to show the struggles that each person will go through to gain power over others and or free themselves. Also, these characters show different conflicts that occur within Salem and changes in motivation. Arthur Miller makes Abigail Williams a person that can free herself from others and gain power through multiple lies. Abigail also shows her goal of getting of John Proctors wife and making up a false persona of Elizabeth. Furthermore, Abigail says, “She hates me, uncle, she must, for I would not be her slave. It’s a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman, and I will not work for such a woman!”(Act 1, Miller). This shows that she’s willing to spread …show more content…
Elizabeth clearly struggles to free herself from Proctor to even tell Danforth the truth. Furthermore, she says, “I came to think he fancied her. And so one night I lost my wits, I think, and put her out on the highroad” (Act 3, Miller). This shows that she had the fear of ruining Proctors reputation. When she says “I think” the reader clearly sees the struggle that Elizabeth has in telling the truth. Elizabeth decides to forgive Proctor when he has a trouble time deciding to sign the confession. Furthermore, she says, “Do what you will. But let none be your judge. There be no higher judge under Heaven than Proctor is! Forgive me, forgive me, John - I never knew such goodness in the world!” (Act 4, Miller). Elizabeth is still able to forgive Proctor even though he cheated on her. When she says, “forgive me” shows the change that she has made and how much she cares for Proctor. Elizabeth struggles to free herself from Proctor and later forgives …show more content…
Proctor is willing to tell the truth of the relationship with Abigail. Furthermore, Proctor says, “I have made a bell of my honor! I have rung the doom of my good name - you will believe me, Mr. Danforth! My wife is innocent, except she knew a whore when she saw one!” (Act 4, Miller). This shows that Proctor is willing to give up his reputation to gain power over Abigail. Instead of only telling the truth he decides to call Abigail a “whore” which shows the conflict has been through and his motivation to save Elizabeth. Near the end John Proctor refuses to sign a confession of being with the Devil and or witchcraft. Furthermore he says, “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! … I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” (Act 4, Miller). This shows that Proctor will not let people disrespect his name and sign a document that he knows are complete lies. When Proctor says, “I have given you my soul” makes the reader realize the conflict he’s going through and strong motivation to keep his name. John Proctor is willing to give up his reputation to keep his wife, gain power over Abigail, and not ruin his name as well as his

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