Essay about Women in the Crucible

886 Words Feb 3rd, 2011 4 Pages
The Skewed Role of Women in The Crucible The outlook on gender roles in today’s advanced society is in drastic contrast to the views portrayed in The Crucible, set in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, depicts women as weak creatures, who are expected to submit to men, and whose only access to power is through dishonest means. None of the females in The Crucible possess extreme power, but the truthful, pure-hearted, and family oriented women seem to be even less powerful than the others. Elizabeth Proctor and Rebecca Nurse are two of the less powerful women in The Crucible. Both of their lives are led by an instinct to serve their families and communities (Alter 1). Elizabeth Proctor is convicted in …show more content…
Upon being accused the first time, Abigail confesses to dancing, but not conjuring spirits. After further interrogation by Parris and Hale, Abigail incriminates Tituba, saying she conjured spirits and tried to force the girls to sell themselves to the Devil, but they would not (Miller 45). Abigail’s story changes repeatedly, causing people to question when she is really telling the truth, or when she is simply lying to keep herself safe. Elizabeth’s falsehood, though still not excusable, is much more valiant than Abigail’s. While Abigail’s lies were formed to protect herself, Elizabeth lies in order to protect her husband. When questioned about John Proctor’s alleged affair with Abigail Williams, Elizabeth tells the court that the information is false. Unfortunately, her lie is obvious because her husband had already confessed outside of her knowledge (Miller 113). There were two distinct groups of women in The Crucible, both of which had their flaws. On one hand, Abigail Williams and the other girls wielded their power through manipulation and dishonesty. They were weak, and looked out for themselves only. Elizabeth Proctor and Rebecca Nurse, though convicted of witchcraft, held their own, and refused to admit to a crime they were not guilty of. These two, Elizabeth and Rebecca showed an entirely different type of power than Abigail, and are much more noble characters, even though they were looked down on by the religious

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