Abigail Williams And John Proctor Essay

1186 Words Oct 27th, 2015 5 Pages
“But if you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it,” (Miller 10) says Reverend Parris, while his daughter Betty is lying in bed unconscious. Parris is worried about his own reputation and not his own daughter’s health. This demonstrates how most men are self absorbed and are only concerned about their own well being during this time period. In 1692 Salem Massachusetts, male characters such as Reverend Parris gain power through their lies and greed, while the female characters such as Elizabeth Proctor are portrayed as subordinate figures who lack both a voice and a sense of power in a Puritan society. However, few characters such as Abigail Williams and John Proctor do not follow this stereotype. A group of young girls are caught dancing in the woods, which stands as a serious sin in 1692. Rumors spread that the girls attempt to conjure spirits and connect with the dead under the leadership of a slave named Tituba. At this time, people such as Reverend Parris rise up to the situation and start blaming innocent people, particularly women. He points his finger at many women, and even men. Abigail Williams, being the troublesome young lady she is, joins in on the chaos and turns the table to Elizabeth Proctor. Elizabeth is a stay at home wife married to John Proctor, who is described as someone who will never tell a single lie or commit a crime. Elizabeth and her husband, John, sit and converse…

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