Theme Of Evil In The Crucible

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The friction between evil and good ultimately ignites every battle, from the minutest of internal conflicts to some of the greatest disputes. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, great evil has overtaken the town of Salem, Massachusetts. Lives of innocent people are ripped from them because of a certain terror that has infused itself into the minds of the townspeople. This terror that floats among the people of Salem is nothing other than witchcraft. When a person partakes in witchcraft, they establish that they are a servant of the devil. This fear is augmented due to the fact that the people residing in Salem are Puritans, meaning that their entire lives abide by the Bible. The idea of witchcraft does not plant itself into the town by itself, …show more content…
This happens in an ironic way because part of the evil that she commits is responsible for the death of John Proctor. The whole ordeal commences when Abigail does everything within her power to send John Proctor’s wife to jail. Given the situation in Salem, the most convenient way for Abigail to do this is to cry witch. She does this to draw Elizabeth away from John so she can have him to herself. Abigail formulates a devious plan, which ultimately consists of thrusting a needle two inches into her stomach. After she makes her scheme known to others, Abigail claims that Elizabeth’s spirit did this to her. Being that the people of Salem are extremely paranoid of evil spirits and witchcraft, they believe Abigail’s claim and send Elizabeth to the slammer. Contrary to what Abigail thinks, this occurrence actually draws John closer to Elizabeth, resulting in a major setback for Abby. After Elizabeth is taken, John compels his servant, Mary Warren, to tell the court that Abigail is a filthy liar and that she is costing innocent people their lives. Abigail and the other girls turn against Mary until she collapses under pressure, which causes Mary to scuttle back to Abby. To save her own skin, Mary accuses John Proctor of being the devil’s man. Mary essentially hands John Proctor his death sentence with only a few words, …show more content…
In fact, depending on the perspective of a given character, the consequences resulting from something evil can be quite the opposite. Abigail actually has gained recognition and a sense of power while carrying out her evil actions. This consequence is delightful in the eyes of Abigail, and the power surge she receives leaves her craving an increasing amount of control as the story progresses. The first feeling of power Abigail receives is the time when she establishes that she is the leader of the group of girls. They are to follow her actions and do as she says, or they will face her wrath. When she gets this sense of superiority, she realizes that she can enact this same evil, manipulative ability on others. Working her way up the chain of authority, Abigail eventually reaches the court system. Court systems are supposed to be about justice and equality, but this is not the case under Abby’s command. The court officials are seemingly oblivious to the underlying fact that every time Abby makes an accusation, it is without any evidence. The court officials still choose to believe her claims, thus hand-feeding her power in miniature spoonfuls. As Abigail revels in this newfound sense of domination over Salem, a few select people are catching on to the reality of what is occurring. John Proctor proclaims to the court officials, “…vengeance is walking Salem. We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are

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