Common Themes In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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In The Crucible, the battle among divisions is endless throughout the play. The most common battle is between good and evil, which turns out to be the one between Abigail and the Proctors. As an unmarried orphan, Abigail lives as a servant in different families inside the Salem Village. Her affair with John Proctor led to Elizabeth, his wife, to send her away from the house. Abigail sees Elizabeth as the only obstacle that prevents John and her together. At the beginning of the play, Abigail drinks a charm that is made from chicken blood by hoping it would made Elizabeth dead. However, John later on hears the rumor about witchcraft and tells her that “you’ll put it out of mind. I’ll not be comin’ for you more”
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The most common theme among the McCarthy case, the historical case that the play based on, is that it is the evil that grows from greed often the motive behind false. Girls accuse their neighbors that they do not like, neighbors accuse each other to survive and prevent being hang, and people are frighten by the so-called witches that eventually turns the country into a fever of witch-hunt.
Abigail previously has an affair with John Proctor. Elizabeth, John’s wife, knows about it and sends Abigail away, but Abigail still believes that John would dump Elizabeth for her. At the beginning of Act I, Betty, Abigail’s friend, is sick on bed and someone brings up the idea of witchcraft. People suspects Tituba because Parris saw her “waving her arms over the fire when [Parris] came on [Abigail]. Why was she doing that? And [Parris] heard a screeching and gibberish coming from her mouth. She were swaying like a dumb beast over that fire” (Miller 10). Also, he sees Mary Warren running in the forest naked, and this act is not something a normal person would do considering it is around the 1700s. Due to those reasons, Parris questions Abigail but all he got is Abigail repeating the same thing: “We did dance, uncle, and when you leaped out of the bush so suddenly, Betty was frightened and then she fainted. And there’s the whole of it”

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