Analysis Of Arthur Miller 's ' The Crucible ' Essay

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Character Analysis
In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible the town of Salem, Massachusetts is in hysteria over the so-called “witches.” A young girl by the name of Abigail Williams is the first to accuse another townsperson of witchcraft, and from then on the situation only got worse. Abigail, however, did not actually believe these people were “witches,” instead she was just accusing to get closer to keep herself out of trouble, and to get closer to John Proctor. However, not everyone was so affected by the town hysteria. Elizabeth Proctor, wife of John, is a prime example of a character who kept themselves calm, cool, and collected during the time.
Elizabeth is not a huge part of the story at first, because the entire first act is Miller introducing how the witch hysteria began, but the way she is spoken of tells a lot of her. The first speak of witches comes after Abigail Williams, her cousin Betty Parris, and a few other girls – Marry Warren, the Proctor’s maid – are caught dancing in the woods. At first they were just dancing to make boys fall in love with them when Abigail takes it too far and drinks blood to kill Elizabeth Proctor. This is when the problems between Elizabeth and Abigail are first addressed; later, we learn that the dispute is a result of an affair John and Abigail had. After getting caught Betty suddenly becomes ill, the illness is assumed to be the result of “witchery,” and her dad, Reverend Parris, the town’s minister, calls in Reverend Hale, a minister…

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