The Tragedy Of The Salem Witch Trials Essay

1449 Words Dec 10th, 2015 6 Pages
Who is to blame?
Not all stories have a happy ending. When tragedy hits, it brings great misfortune within ones life. Like wise, in Arthur Millers play, The Crucible, the tragedy of the Salem witch trials effect everyone in the community, but who is to blame for this? Two great voices in Salem Massachusetts, Abigail Williams, the niece of a reverend and Judge Danforth, head judge of the court; one with a daunting reputation and the other with great authority. They both have a great say as to what is to come next. However, when it comes to the presence of witches, they have adverse opinions. Abigail does not believe they exist while, Danforth does. Yet, neither of the two characters changes in the duration of the play. Therefore, the tragedies of the Salem witch trials are the fault of Abigail Williams and Judge Danforth. Although their belief in witches differs, they both hold dangerously powerful positions in their society and exhibit a lack of growth by the end of the play. To start, there is an uproar about witches in Salem; however Abigail and Danforth have different mentalities. Firstly, Danforth strongly believes in the act of witchcraft and that some citizens may posses the characteristics of witches. During the trials, Danforth says, “Mary Warren. Draw back your spirit out of them” (Miller 116). Danforth believes in everything he hears. He is scared of the thought of witches and witchcraft going around the town. He does not want anyone to cast a spell on him or…

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