The Power Of Characters In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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“He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!” (Miller 145). The play The Crucible, written by Author Miller, is based on the historical events that took place during the Salem Witch Trials. Many of the characters in this play are empowered by the events that take place. One of these empowered characters is the former servant of the Proctors, Abigail Williams. Abigail admitting that she was a witch, Abigail’s accusations of other being witches, and Abigail’s affair with John Proctor all empower Abigail who was previously a powerless character.
When Abigail admits to others that she was a witch, she is empowered when she was previously powerless. Abigail does this when she yells, “I want to open myself! I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him; I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand” (Miller 48). Abigail knows she has little power in Salem since she is just a servant to the
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All Abigail has to do is act like she is bewitched when someone is brought before her in court, and as a result of this, the person is arrested, as this is proof that they must practice witchcraft. As Elizabeth Proctor said, most of the people must think Abigail is a saint, as they believe her accusations and actions without question.
Judge Danforth talks to Francis Nurse and says, “And do you know that near to four hundred are in the jails from Marblehead to Lynn, and upon my signature?” (Miller 87). Almost four hundred people have been accused of being witches in Salem by Abigail and the other girls. Abigail has the power to put who ever she wants into jail by simply stating they are witches. The people do not need any real evidence or proof to believe her. This is the epitome of power. Abigail’s claims of others being witches are just one of the events in The Crucible that allow her to have power over others and Salem

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