Dancing In The Woods Analysis

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A Dark Dance in the Woods
People who have done wrong, out of fear, pride, and longing of sorts will do whatever it takes to hide their mistakes. This theme takes deep roots in the play The Crucible written by Arthur Miller. In Miller’s play, Abigail and a group of girls were caught dancing in the woods. Dancing in the woods prompts the suspicion of witchcraft in the Puritan time. With the fear of being charged with witchcraft, Abigail and the girls create a genius plan to fool all the townspeople into thinking there are people in Salem who are witches. Abigail Williams, the ringleader, out of fear, pride, and anger refuses to reveal the truth about what happened in the woods. She is willing to harm anyone to keep the secret. Abigail does this
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Fake it till you make it. So to keep up her “perfect” reputation in the town she keeps on accusing people. Her pride now plays a part in her accusing people of witchcraft. Abigail Williams is a very defensive girl. She wants everyone to be on her side, and if you disagreed with her it would for sure bring your demise. So when Judge Danforth asks her if she is faking seeing spirits as well as lying about claiming witchcraft on people she gets all riled up: “‘I have been hurt, Mr. Danforth; I have seen my blood runnin’ out! I have been near to murdered every day because I done my duty pointing out the Devils’ people- and this is my rewards? To be mistrusted, denied, questioned’” (Miller 1307). She has completely jumped off the deep end. She might be starting to believe that what she is doing is good. She cannot go back now. There is justice to be served, or in truth, a dark dance in the woods to be kept quiet. Reverend Hale arrives in Salem and already has a possible witch in his midst. Abigail is the one who places the claim of witchcraft on Tituba, but she sees a new way to keep what took place in the woods a secret. Reverend Parris, who has expressed his suspicion to Abigail about what the girls’ actions in the woods, so to get him off her back and convince everyone else she is a good girl, she screams, “‘I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I …show more content…
Abigail partook in an affair with John Proctor during her time of working for him and Elizabeth, but it is by Elizabeth’s hand she is no longer in service under the Proctor’s. Abigail is still in love with John, she also believes him to be in love with her as well. She has a burning passion towards John and fiery hatred towards Elizabeth; Abigail takes action and uses her new powers to get what she wants. Around eight days after the accusations have begun a conversation or demand per say takes place at John Proctor’s home. Elizabeth Proctor is now accused of witchcraft, by Abigail’s hands of course. Mr. Cheever is there to collect Elizabeth and bring her to the jail, under the evidence of Elizabeth’s spirit stabbing Abigail with a needle. A poppet is found in the house and Mr. Cheever explains its importance in the accusation against Elizabeth: “‘The girl, the Williams girl, Abigail Williams, sir. She sat to dinner in Reverend Parris’s house tonight, and without a word now warnin’ she falls to the floor. Like a struck beast, he says, and screamed a scream a bull would weep to hear. And he goes to save her, and, stuck two inches in the flesh of her belly, he draw a needle out’” (Miller 1282). Abigail stabs herself to make sure Elizabeth is arrested. This is the level of sinister living inside of Abigail. She is willing to stab herself to take down Elizabeth, as

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