The Salem Witch Trials During The 17th Century Exposed The Flawed Structure Of The Puritan Society

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The Salem witch trials in the late 17th century exposed the flawed structure of the Puritan society in which women, especially young women, held very little power; however, a conniving and mischievous young woman, despite the misogynistic system of the village, rose to the top of society through manipulation and harlotry. Abigail Williams realizes that under normal circumstances, she holds no influence in Salem, but giving in to the irresistible desire for power, she seeks to change this by making a series of baseless accusations against the other citizens in town. The only way for Abigail to move up the social hierarchy in Salem would be to prey on the intense piety and fear of the Devil held by the townspeople and to use it against Salem through a premeditated and targeted effort. Abigail does just that when she accuses Tituba of witchcraft, and eventually accuses over five separate people of conspiring with the Devil. These actions clearly prove that she has manipulated all of Salem and has participated in harlotry by initiating an affair with John Proctor, a married man. Abigail gets what she wants, regardless of the cost or damage inflicted, which is why she ruins the lives of Tituba, Marry Warren, Sarah Good, Goody Osborn, Bridget Bishop, as well as a marriage, all in her ruthless, lustful quest for power and sex. While some of her ill behavior can be attributed to her tragic upbringing, ultimately, Abigail Williams is a manipulative harlot because she accuses others…

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