Comparison Of Colonial Witchcraft In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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Imagine, being accused of witchcraft in the puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts in the 1690’s. Absurd, right? In Arthur Miller’s hysteria, The Crucible, the phenomenon of colonial witchcraft is explored and analyzed. Throughout the book, author intent drives the delivery of a deep overall message that displays arguably one the most bizarre times in American history . In the drama, The Crucible, Arthur Miller used author intent to create an allegory that enforces the overall intent of the drama and draws a parallel between the Salem witch trials and it’s ridiculousness.
In the small town of colonial Salem, Massachusetts, the puritan villagers get their lives turned upside down by an unavoidable conflict. Many of the young girls and older women
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Many of the accused females include Betty Parris (Reverend Parris’s daughter), Tituba (the Parris family maid), Mercy Lewis (the Putnam family servant), Mary Warren (Proctor family servant), and Abigail Williams (niece of Reverend Parris). One thing all of the girls have in common is that one night, they were spotted by Reverend Parris, dancing in the woods, naked, around a fire. Although in the present day, this act would not be thought of witchcraft right away, in the past, this event was considered an act of witchcraft. After the ridiculousness of the scenario spreads like wildfire through the small town, many of the girls such as Abigail, Mercy, and Mary are very concerned for their lives. Miller states, “Mary Warren: What’ll we do? The village is out! I just come from the farm; the whole country’s talkin’ witchcraft! They’ll be …show more content…
The conflict quickly escalates between the first II acts when John Proctor, husband to Elizabeth Proctor, commits adultery with 17 year old, Abigail Williams. Feeling guilty and unfaithful, John finally confesses to Elizabeth. An act such as adultery, was very uncommon and looked down upon in this time period because of the strong puritan lifestyles. Commonly, consequences had circumstances such as confess, or die. With the talk of witchcraft and adultery, John Proctor 's’ main goal was the protect his family. In result, John Proctor confesses to Elizabeth of adultery with Abigail. Miller exhibits, “Spare me! You forget nothin’ and forgive nothin’. Learn charity woman. I have gone tiptoe in this house all seven month since she is gone. I have not moved from there to there with I think to please you, and still everlasting funeral marches around your heart. I cannot speak but I am doubted, every moment judged for lies, as though I come into to a court when I come into this house.”(Miller, Act, 52). It is evident here that John Proctor is truly sorry about his affair and that he has accepted the consequences for it. In addition, John is tired of being questioned of it by Elizabeth everytime he comes home. This situation becomes ridiculous fast by the action of adultery taking place in a faithful puritan town. The act was very unheard of and perceived as impure because

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