Essay on The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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In The Crucible, Arthur Miller has many characters who can shoulder the blame for the wickedness that occurred in 1692, during the Salem Witch Trials. The character most to blame is Abigail Williams, whose character flaws are lust, envy, and vengefulness. These flaws are what causes the people of Salem to be accused, and spark the events of the Salem Witch Trials. The flaws that Abigail possess are also three of the main “7 Deadly Sins”.
Abigail Williams shows lust as she longs for the love of John Proctor and the affair she had with him. During the play, it was given to the readers about the secretive affair Proctor committed with Abigail. Abigail longs for John’s presence and wants him only for her touch. As the beginning of the play takes place during Act One in the home of Reverend Parris’s home, events expire leading to the “silly seasons” that the girls play. Abigail and Proctor are both in the room alone as she sends sexual gestures towards Proctor as she states, “I have something better than hope, I think!” (Miller 23). Miller lets the reader know that Abigail is giving hints of the affair they once had, signifying sexual accusations used to attempt to draw him into her lustful ways. Abigail shows how desperate she is for sexual pleasure from Proctor also as she gives him permission to touch her stating, “Give me word, John. A soft word” (Miller 22). Although Proctor makes it evident that their past relationship is over, Abigail continues to attempt to get him to…

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