Evils In Ernest Hemingway's The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Ernest Hemingway once said, “All things truly wicked start from an innocence.” The playwright, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller proves this statement to be true. A group of young girls danced innocently in the forest, wishing their crushes liked them back (white magic.) It was all fun and games until Abigail wished harm upon her ex-lover’s wife, executing ‘black magic’. This started the accusations of witchcraft that spread through the town like wildfire, harming reputations and killing virtuous townspeople with false accusations. Abigail is an evil person because she commits lechery, accuses innocent townspeople of witchcraft, and betrays those she cares about resulting in consequences as severe as death. Abigail’s destructive actions …show more content…
Tituba, the Paris family servant, helped Abby’s friends make potions to make their crushes like them. Abby changed the mood in a few seconds, wishing Goody Proctor to die. Abigail doesn’t want to be caught practicing witchcraft. Because of that reason, Abigail blames Tituba who was conveniently present the night in the woods: “She sends her spirit on me in church; she makes me laugh at prayer!” (Miller 1260). Tituba isn’t actually practicing witchcraft, but Abigail accuses Tituba to protect herself. Abigail is selfish and wicked towards Tituba, who is innocent. A chain reaction has started. Tituba accuses others to save herself, just as Abigail did: “And then he come one stormy night to me, and he say, ‘Look! I have white people belong to me.’ And I look—and there was Good Good and Good Osburn.” (Miller 1262). Tituba doesn’t know any better to not accuse someone innocent, like Abigail did. Abby clearly knew what she was doing when she accused Tituba. Abby knew she was sinning, lying about an innocent lady performing witchcraft. Goody Osburn ends up hanging from the ropes by the end. To save themselves, others in the town follow Abigail and Tituba’s lead by throwing others under the bus to save them from a brutal hanging. Abigail’s evil actions of blaming others when it was herself practicing witchcraft allowed for a total of nineteen people to be killed. Abby …show more content…
John Proctor, whose wife is accused of witchcraft by Abby, gets his current servant, Mary Warren, to confess to the court. Mary told the truth about never seeing witches in court in front of all the girls and two judges: “I only thought I saw them but I did not” (Miller 1307). All the other girls are protecting Abigail’s imaginative story about witches. Mary also confessed the truth because she wanted John Proctor to get his wife back, and the two of them wanted to save people from being falsely accused as a witch. Since the court is starting to question Abigail, she starts acting up, claiming Mary Warren is a witch. Now, the court won’t credit Mary’s testimony against Abigail if Mary herself is with the devil. Abby is evil, because Mary is one of her friends and now Mary Warren can hang. The tables turn on Abigail when Mary follows her lead and accuses someone she also cares about, John Proctor. The difference between Abigail and Mary is that Abigail had a choice. Mary was sucked in by Abby’s lies and forced to accuse John so she would end up alive: “He wake me every night, his eyes were like coals and his fingers claw my neck, and I sign, I sign…” (Miller 1314). When Mary dramatically accuses John of witchcraft, Abigail looks as if she had just seen a ghost. The one person she wants to be with during the entire story is

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