The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

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The play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller is an allegory for the 1950’s Red Scare that tells the story of the 1962 Salem Witch Trials. Miller shows how people 's jealousy, built up anger, and greed are responsible for the events of The Crucible.

Abigail Williams was a servant to the Proctor household but also, the mistress to John Proctor who was married to Elizabeth Proctor. When Elizabeth discovered the affair she fired Abigail and kicked her out of the house. By that time though, Abigail had already become infatuated with the idea that she and Proctor were more than just lovers, but instead soulmates. Abigail hated Elizabeth for keeping her from being with the main that she claimed to love. She would look and wait for John, hoping that someday he would run back to her, and she would do whatever it took to see that come true. John on the other hand wanted nothing to do with her after Elizabeth put her out, he told Abigail that he would “cut off [his] own hand before [he would] ever reach for [her] again”(23). Abby would not accept such words from the man she loved and felt that the only way back to his heart was to get rid of Elizabeth. Abigail had recently began falsely accusing people in Salem of witchcraft which raised her social status because many saw her and all accusers as “God 's instrument”(46). Abby decided to use this new power to accuse Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft because then, hopefully she would be hung and that would allow Abigail to re-enter John 's…

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