Argumentative Essay : ' The Crucible '

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Crucible Essay Submissive. Inferior. Disregarded. 1692 Salem women suffered under such fates, along with the mass hysteria of the notorious Salem witch trials. Women, who held a subordinate position to men, gained a unique power over them, and used it to their advantage. Women such as Abigail Williams and Mary Warren, who bowed their heads in the presence of men such as John Proctor or Reverend Hale, had also struck fear and paranoia in their hearts each day. These women, and the rumors about the supposed witchcraft they practiced, are the sole purpose behind the confusion and terror washing over this town. Most knew, and fully understood how to stay alive and, in Abigail Williams’ case, get her own way. Men believe women are beneath them, but these women knew that this is far from true. There is no question behind the low social status of women in 1692. They lacked say in the world, and this subservient fate can cause anyone to become desperate to be heard. Abigail Williams, a young teenage orphan with little intent to live the Puritan life, wanted to be the only one heard. Abigail’s inevitable, or thought inevitable, fate was to be a servant in a man’s world. She however never accepted such a thought, as she expressed to her Uncle, Reverend Parris, in the beginning of the play. “They want slaves, not such as I. Let them send to Barbados for that. I will not black my face for any of them!” (11). Abigail represented what most women during the time of the “witchcraft”…

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