Essay on The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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The play “The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller, takes place in Salem, Massachusetts during the late 1600’s when a faction of teenage girls are caught dancing in the forest by a local minister, Reverend Parris. The small group is led by Abigail Williams, who is the niece of Reverend Parris, and rumors about witchcraft start to spread around the Puritan town. Parris begins to question Abigail about the events that happened in the forest, but she admits that nothing happened besides dancing. When crowds start to gather around Parris’s house, Parris goes down to try to calm them down while Abigail tells the girls to admit nothing, and that they only danced in the forest. Abigail knows the penalty for dancing and conjuring in the woods, so Abigail starts to accuse many innocent people to get out of trouble. She first blames Tituba of witchcraft because Tituba is a slave and powerless. John Proctor, a local farmer enters the house to talk to Abigail alone and tells her to stop lying and tell the truth about what happened. Apparently, Proctor and Abigail had an affair that no one knew of when she was working in his home, but then was fired by Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth. Abigail also accuses Elizabeth because Abigail is still in love with John, and she thinks if Elizabeth is out of the picture, it would help her get back with John. Miller shows that scapegoating is used to blame other innocent people, and it leads to the death of people that do not deserve to die.
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