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The crucible

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.The Crucible Show how Miller presents the character of Abigail Williams in The Crucible. Does he allow the audience to feel any sympathy for her? The Crucible by Arthur Miller is set in Salem, Massachusetts in the year 1692. The Crucible is based on real events, where over 200 people were accused of witchcraft and 20 were killed. Miller has changed the age of the main character Abigail Williams by 5 years, making her 17 years old. I think he changed her age because the audience may find it hard to believe that a 12 year old could be so manipulative and be so malice. Abigail in real life was said to have turned up in Boston as a prostitute, but no one can be sure of this, this also may have changed Miller's views of Abigail. Miller presents Abigail as a scared girl as she enters the room, but he also says she is 'a strikingly beautiful girl', he also says that 'an orphan, with an endless capacity for dissembling', the audience that read the book would then expect her to lie a great deal. ...read more.


She becomes angry with Proctor because she is infatuated with him but Proctor doesn't reciprocate Abigail's feelings. I think the audience can feel some pity for Abigail, she is trying so hard to get Proctor to like her and all he does is push her away, we have to also remember that she is only 17 at the time and this is probably the first man she has been with. Miller makes the audience think that Abigail is evil, she accuses a lower class citizen because she knows she can get away with it, she says 'she makes me drink blood', but even though Tituba was considered lower class the bible says that everyone should be treated equally. She does it because she is already in the clear, Mrs Putnam then says that they should be hanged and then Tituba confesses, when she does this Hale says 'we will protect you', so after she confesses she is immediately comforted. Tituba then says all the names so she can get off, Tituba says the names that were put into her head by Mrs Putnam. ...read more.


This must have scared the girls because they must be thinking that the court can be overthrown and the people not be hung, the girls may also get found out about their lying. Miller shows that Abigail's departure has had no effect on the hangings in Salem. I think this is due to the fact that Danforth does not want to take blame for so many deaths, and just stop the hangings after so many have already been killed. Abigail's behaviour through what happened has no excuses; I don't think that anyone could make an excuse for the hanging of innocent people. I do think that other people can be blamed for what happened; firstly I think that many of the other girls can be blamed for not standing up against Abigail and not agreeing with the hangings. I think that Danforth could also be blamed; he allowed the executions to continue knowing that Abigail had fled because she was lying. I think Miller has painted an evil character, but no one that is not believable, he only allows one bit of sympathy and that is when Abigail's parents were murdered by Indians. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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