Vengeance In The Crucible Essay

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Vengeance in Salem in the Crucible
Communities with trust, friendly people, and hope allow them to persevere through times of chaos. Healthy communities institute cooperation, trust, equality, structure and a sense of belonging. In many communities chaos derives because of vengeance which sparks mistrust, division, and conflict between people. In the Salem Puritan society during 1692, both men and women take advantage of power and use communal conflict to their own benefit. In his play The Crucible, Arthur Miller exposes how vengeance created by greed, and selfishness causes destruction in a community through the characters Ann Putnam, Thomas Putnam and Abigail Williams.
Living on a large plot of land, with wealth and one child Ann Putnam and
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Ann Putnam was in great misery because of the death of her babies, and wants to blame someone, or something for their deaths. Mrs. Putnam believed her babies were murdered as she claims in Act I to Parris. ***********Rebecca Nurse helped deliver all her babies which lead to Putnam concluding it was her fault. Nurse, who is a strong willed character filled with hope and courage would not willingly allow the death of a child. Living without children acted as a catalyst for revenge for Mrs. Putnam. It burdened her will guilt and sadness because she believed it was partly her fault. Mrs. Putnam blames Rebecca every change she gets, so she can blame and get revenge against Rebecca. Mrs. Putnam’s vengeance thrives from her superior identity and the delusion of being perfect. Once someone, Rebecca Nurse, is thought to corrupt her authority and delusion, vengeance will ensue. Thomas Putnam’s malicious attitude is first demonstrated when his brother-in-law was rejected by the town and Putnam felt his name was disgraced and wanted to get revenge …show more content…
Abigail Williams is just a girl looking for a place in society. After living as an orphan she became a house-servant for the Mr. and Mrs. Proctor. Falling in love with Mr. Proctor, and then getting fired sparked her vengeance against Elizabeth, John’s wife. Robert A. Martin agrees by saying, “Miller 's addition in The Crucible of an adulterous relationship between Abigail Williams and Proctor serves primarily as a dramatically imperative motive for Abigail 's later charges of witchcraft against Elizabeth Proctor” (Martin). Proctor not only gave Abigail love, but attention. This attention was something she desired since her parents died and she was sent to live in Salem. The last image Abigail has of her parents is, seeing Indians smash their heads to the pillow next to her. Without the guidance of parents and the last memory of them very violent, Abigail grows up without a true knowledge of right from wrong, which parents provide. Many could argue Abigail’s vengeance against Elizabeth was not only initiated because she was John’s wife; but because she was a mother, something Abigail never had. Every adult figure gave Abigail grief, except John Proctor. Reverend Parris says “I have given you a home, child, I have put clothes upon you back- now give me an upright answer. Your name in the town-it is entirely white, is it not?” (Act I). Parris looked at

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