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Commentary on The Crucible Essay


I saw Goody Sibber with the devil (Miller 1.1068). Random people are being falsely accused in Arthur Millers, The Crucible. It all starts when a group of young girls dance in the forest one night and one of the girls suddenly falls sick, the next thing you know is the whole town crying witchcraft. As a consequence, the young girls start to accuse casual people to save their selves and put the towns dwellers life at stake. The main person behind the accusations is Abigail Williams, the head minister of the towns niece, she watches cold heartedly innocent people being hung for her false indictment. Thus, Abigails lack of guilt is her despicable quality.

Primarily, the girls promised each other to keep the secret of the night they danced in the woods from everyone, but once when Reverend Hale starts to interrogate the girls, they rat on Abigail, she then decides to turn in on Tituba, the Barbados slave girl to save herself. She makes me drink blood (Miller 1.907). Abigail relentlessly brands Tituba of committing witchcraft and making her laugh at prayer. Abigail decides to accuse Tituba due to the fact that Tituba being a slave girl from Barbados makes her an easy mark. This leads Reverend Hale to suspect Tituba, Reverend Parris in turn threatens to whip Tituba. To escape the punishment, Tituba accuses Sarah Good, Goody Osburn and other innocent people of practicing witchcraft.

As we advance, we find out that Abigail along with the other girls are the cause of sentencing over 400 people to hanging. Later on, Abigail stabs herself with a needle to make it look obvious to the court that Goody Proctor is a witch, also to prove that Goody Proctor conjures spirits upon her, this allegation grants Abigail what she wants, that is to sentence Goody Proctor to hang. Abigail does this, because she loves John Proctor and believes that if his wife is hung she will get to marry him. Abigail does all of these actions without shedding a single tear.

While the play proceeds, Mary Warren teams up with John Proctor in the court to free the innocent prisoners including Goody Proctor. Mary Warren, although frightened of Abigail, decides to tell the court the truth about the whole allegation and the dancing that happened in the forest. When Judge Danforth calls on Abigail and the rest of the girls to question them, Abigail in a sense of smartness executes a plan to divert the whole attention towards Mary Warren by pretending to sense a cold wind and seeing a white beam of light next to Mary. Shes going to come down! Shes walking the beam (Miller 3.1085-1086). She then starts to mimic the actions and words of Mary; this in turn builds a solid proof in the eyes of the court that Mary Warren practices witchcraft. Abigail could care less of who she accused and sentenced to death, she watches people die in front of her eyes without feeling any regrets on her actions.

In the end of The Crucible, Abigail and Mercy Lewis steal Reverend Parriss money and aboard a ship because the town detests her and she loses her reputation in Salem. Abigail didnt expect this ending, she thought by sentencing Goody Proctor to death she will live happily ever after with John. Lack of guilt made Abigail do contemptible actions, which took the lives of innocent people.

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