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Compare the roles that Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams play in The Crucible

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Compare the roles that Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams play in The Crucible The Crucible is a 1952 play by Arthur Miller. Based on the events surrounding the 1692 witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts, Miller used that event as an allegory for McCarthyism and the Red Scare, which was a period of time in which Americans were in fear of communism and the government blacklisted accused communists. The 1962 Salem witch trials resulted in the executions of 20 people (14 women, 6 men) and the imprisonment of between 175 and 200 people. In addition to those executed, at least five people died in prison. ...read more.


One day, she and her friends are discovered dancing in the woods by her uncle, the Reverend Parris. She blames Parris' slave, Tituba, for sending her spirit out and forcing her to do it. From there, Tituba blames Goody Good and Goody Osburn. Then all of the girls start blaming people. And they are believed. Abigail realises this is her chance, and blames Elizabeth for witchcraft. John tries to get Elizabeth out of jail, but after a while, he too is arrested. This isn't what Abigail wanted, so she tries to get John out of jail. He refuses, so she runs off with money stolen from her uncle. ...read more.


In Act Two of the crucible, the play goes into more depth of her character. The reader can tell about the friction between her and John. "Her back is turned to him. He turns to her and watches her. A sense of their separation arises." Abigail is Reverend Parris's niece. Abigail is seventeen, beautiful, and also an orphan. Abigail is an intelligent, manipulative, and sly girl. Elizabeth has many similarities with Abigail, yet they contrast also. Throughout the play, both characters grow and change a lot with each situation. In conclusion, I think that Elizabeth Williams is an underdeveloped character, and Abigail Williams perhaps a little too overdeveloped, because there is not enough in the story to properly contrast the two of them. Therefore, I conclude that it is impossible to compare the roles. ...read more.

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