27 February 2013
From Powerless to Powerful
In the crucible, written by Arthur Miller, the Salem Witch Trial of 1692 was a open trial where anyone can come and make accusations. The accusers gained an abundant of power over the court and over the accused. Since the girls, Abigail Williams, Betty Parris, Mary Warren, and Mercy Lewis started the accusations they went from having no power to being the most powerful characters. The witch trials empower individuals who were previously powerless.
The most powerful character, Abigail Williams started out powerless. At only seventeen, she lived under her Uncle, Reverend Parris roof after released from her job of serving the Proctor household. She didn't have an ounce of power. Although, as the play went on, she became as powerful as the leaders of Salem. It started with Betty Parris having an unusual sickness. This sickness that the doctor couldn't identify " you might look to unnatural things for the cause of it."(Miller 1038) brought Reverend Parris to his knees. He was enraged and in fear that his daughter may have been touched by witchcraft and his reputation may be shattered by his enemies. He questioned Abigail of witchcraft because he saw her, her friends, her cousin, Betty Parris and Tituba dancing and acting unusual in the woods, "PARRIS: And what shall I say to them? That my daughter and my niece I discovered dancing like heathen in the forest?"(Miller 1038). Abigail denied on committing witchcraft. She then was pressured till she accused Tituba and Ruth to save herself. Putnam and Parris believed her accusation. She continued to accuse many and many were found guilty even though they were innocent. Abigail was getting a great amount of attention which she loved greatly.
Because Abigail knew the power that she had, she used it to her advantage. The power she had made her deceiving and vindictive. She threatens who ever dares to challenge her," Now look you....