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A scapegoat is a person or thing made to bear the blame for the mistakes or sins of others. Scapegoats have been used all over the world and at all times, especially in the 1700’s, during slavery. For example, the Klu Klux Klan or KKK, used African American people as their scapegoats because they didn’t like how the black people were getting rights. The African Americans were the Klu Klux Klan’s blame for everything that was related to crime, violence, or disrespect. The Klu Klux Klan formed a few years after the African Americans received their freedom. The circumstances that led the Klu Klux Klan to use African Americans as scapegoats is when the African Americans gained their freedom. the Klu Klux Klan used the blacks and still use them as their scapegoats. Some whites became very angry so they started blaming crimes and murders on African American people. The African Americans were easily manipulated because of their reputation so the Klu Klux Klan members took advantage of them and their vulnerability. In the novel of The Crucible, written by Authur Miller Abigail committed the greatest crimes. Abigail destroyed the reputations of many and killed much of her surrounding society. Her power lied in the fact that judges believed her, making all those women who fell victim to her scapegoats. She is the one who triggers off a sense of hate in the play. She tempts John Proctor into sexual activity, and to escape punishment for dancing, she deflects the actions and blames them on someone else, and does not care how many lives she ruins. “ ABIGAIL: give me a soft word, John. A soft word; PROCTOR: No, no, Abigail, that’s done with; ABIGAIL: oh I marvel how such a strong man may let a sticky wife-; PROCTOR: You’ll speak nothing of Elizabeth” (page 22).

Later when she grows into power and influence, she seems to enjoy sending these innocent people to their deaths. Of course, the people she accuses are actually innocent, but she has the ability to manipulate...
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