Analysis Of John Miller 's ' The Crucible ' Essay

1067 Words Oct 26th, 2015 5 Pages
Lethal Liaisons in The Crucible In many literary works, the relationships between characters often contribute to the resolution of the story. It is important, however, to consider that the other interactions expressed throughout the story are also driving factors to how the story concludes. Although there are many relationships that are expressed, many of the major ones that influence the plot are impacted by the presence or interference of Abigail. Therefore, in Arthur Miller’s tragedy, The Crucible, the complex relationships among the characters were a major contributing factor that lead to the final demise and the devastating final outcome of the story. One important relationship in the story is that between Betty and Abigail. Betty is about ten years old, and she is caught doing something she was not supposed to be doing- participating in a cultural gathering led by Tituba, the servant from Barbados. Even though this is an innocuous cultural gathering, it is for a religion other than Christianity. The town of Salem, Massachusetts is extremely religious, and this makes for the idea that what they were doing was associated with the devil, especially because the ritual included the drinking of chicken blood, and dancing around a fire. Abigail is her manipulative older cousin, whom Betty is fearful of: “Betty, darts off the bed, frightened of Abigail, and flattens herself against the wall: I want my mama!” (Miller 18). At first, Betty’s strange actions around Abigail are…

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