Essay On Superstition In The Crucible

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The play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is about the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts during the late 1600’s. Abigail Williams, one of the main character, is known to be one who gets away with anything by putting the blame on others. At the beginning of the play, Abigail and her friends are dancing in the forest when two girls faint. The Puritan town believes that this has to do with witchcraft. The gullible town members believe the words of Abigail when she accuses innocent people of witchcraft. Abigail believes that it is important to keep a good reputation as a young Puritan girl in her community and for her former lover, John Proctor. Towards the end of the play, Abigail accuses Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor’s wife, in the attempt …show more content…
Even without proof, the court believed Abigail enough to issue a warrant to search the Proctor household for the poppet. Abigail takes advantage of how superstitious the Puritan society is in order to scapegoat Elizabeth since she thinks that Elizabeth is the only thing standing between her and John Proctor. Abigail doesn’t consider the fact that John is no longer interested in her and that he has realized that family is his priority. Miller uses Abigail to portray superstition and scapegoating to dramatize the plot.
Towards the end of the play, John Proctor confesses to witchcraft although he is innocent. He refuses to name the town members who are also involved and is hanged. He gives up his life to keep his good reputation in Salem. Abigail takes great advantage of the Puritan court by scapegoating innocent people because, like Proctor, it is important to her to keep a good reputation of a young Puritan girl. She knows that the court is likely to be fooled by her words because of their superstitious beliefs. Throughout the play, Arthur Miller uses scapegoating and superstition to show that in the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts, there are many false accusations that are accepted as the truth and how this often leads to the death of innocent

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