The Role Of Women In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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What rights do modern women have that women and girls in the 1600’s would never dream about? So think about what would happen if these girls got a taste of the power that our modern women have every day. In the 1600’s the role of women along with their treatment is extremely different from how it is now for women. Miller explores these archetypes of how women are supposed to behave but also what happens when they get their first bit of power. Young girls especially are put down, being expected not to be heard but only be seen, this only increases slightly as they grow into women. When one young girl, Abigail Williams, gains the sense of power in her hands she begins to challenge the usual standards for women in this time period. The other …show more content…
I saw Goody Howe with the Devil!” (Miller 45).

The Crucible is based off real life events that happened in 1692 in the town Salem, Massachusetts. Hysteria took over the town as whispers of witchcraft began to circulate after the Reverend Parris 's daughter fall asleep and would not wake along with the Putman’s daughter, Ruth. This occured after the young girls of the village were discovered by Parris while dancing in the woods, which at this time period the woods were thought to be controlled by the devil. Parris afraid of what would come of himself if witchcraft was found in Salem, “I cannot blink what I saw, Abigail, for my enemies will not blink it,” (Miller10), brought in the help of Reverend Hale, self proclaimed expert in all demonic arts. The girls to escape being punished for their actions began to blame the women in the village, “She always sings her Barbados songs, and we dance,” (Miller 10). Abigail Williams, Parris’s niece, was the head girl in all of this, claiming that the women were witches for the devil and were sending their spirits out after the girls. This action sprung the fear of
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Abigail’s troublemaker reputation has started long before the witch trials began. Working in the Proctor’s household she became closer to John Proctor that moved into an affair. Jealousy of Elizabeth, Proctor’s wife, began brewing in Abigail as she wanted to be Proctor’s wife, “She hates me uncle, she must, for I would not be her slave. It’s a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman, and I will not work for such a woman!”(Miller 11). Abigail goes against all of the rules in this time period put in place for women and for children. To get herself out of the possible trouble for conjuring spirits and dancing in the woods, Abigail blames the situation on Tituba, “She comes to me ever night to go and drink blood!” (Miller 41). Once she has blamed one there was no stopping the endless cycle of women being accused then saying they saw other women with the devil to save themselves. She not only goes against the rule of children should be seen and not heard but also becomes obsessed with the power she holds during the trials, realizing that she was able to ultimately kill any person who went against her “Abigail, to the ceiling, in a genuine conversation with the “bird,” as though trying to talk it out of attacking her: BUt God made my face; you cannot want to tear my face. Envy is a deadly sin,Mary” (Miller

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