It’s funny how a word can destroy a whole town. A word such as peer pressure. Well in the The Crucible by Arthur Miller multiple people are hung such as Martha Corey, Rebecca Nurse, John Proctor, and many others because of that one little word, and the girl behind it all was Abigail Williams. She destroyed the whole town by peer pressuring her friends in the accusing people in the town that they were doing witchcraft, after Reverend Parris caught them dancing around a fire in the forest. But she wasn’t the one person that liked to use peer pressure to make people say things that they didn’t really want to say. Which at the time everyone thought that the forest was a devilish place and if you were caught in
One of the characters that were peer pressured in to accusing people of doing witch craft was Marry Warren. In the play she is peer pressured by Abigail when she says, “Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam's dead sisters. And that is all. And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parents' heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!” (Miller 123-133). This peer pressures Marry because it scares her because it is basically saying that Abigail will come to her house in the middle of the night and kill Marry or any of the girls that try to say anything else beside that they danced in the forest. When Abigail say this to Marry and the girls it changes the whole story from where there no one might of died to where a lot of people are going to die. This quote helps illuminate the theme because it proves the amount of peer pressure that Marry Warren and all of the girl’s where under when things...
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