Analysis Of ' The Crucible ' Essay

1117 Words Oct 21st, 2014 5 Pages
Jethro Presto
Period 3 - English III P
Mrs. Weidmann
10-19-14
The Crucible Essay: Interpretation (#1) The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is set in Salem, Massachusetts, during the period of the Salem Witch Trials. Before the play begins, there is a little backstory. Abigail Williams, an 18 year old girl whose uncle(Reverend Parris) is the town’s reverend, has an affair with John Proctor, a 30 year old farmer who is married, when she worked at the Proctor household. The two keep it going until John becomes penetrated by his guilt, Elizabeth finds out and fires Abigail. Ever since this happened, Abigail set out to destroy and kill Elizabeth and take her place by John Proctor’s side. This led her to seek the help of Tituba, Reverend Parris’ slave, and conjure a spell to kill her. In the eyes of the Puritan community, witchcraft was a very illegal crime punishable by death. Reverend Parris goes into the forest where he discovers Abigail, her friends, and Tituba surrounding a pot of liquid. One of the girls was Parris’ own daughter, Betty Parris, who “falls under a deep sleep”. In fear, the ladies disperse and Parris begins to question Abigail’s activity in the forest. She says they merely just danced and when the facts don’t add up and the truth begins to surface, she panics and blames Tituba for forcing her to do such evil. This is the first blame which leads Tituba to admit to the crime, beg for forgiveness, and blame someone else. This was the only way to save…

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