Powerless to Empowerment
“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”
Aung San Suu Kyi
Power appears everywhere in any society; it can be the president, a parent, or even a teacher. It can typically be viewed as a good thing where it gives positive effects, however it can be quickly seen as a bad thing and produce bias, harsh, unfair, and negative effects. This happens when the person with power abuses it, usually by a manipulative tactic. Anyone can become powerful because to be powerful you need to convince people that you are, and you need to make them believe in you. Victor Hugo once said “All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” This quote is very accurate because a single idea can manipulate many people and they can follow that idea unaware of the truth. This has caused many historic events such as the Salem Witch trials. The people of Salem believed the unbelievable.
The town of Salem was inhabited by Puritans, a society which was stern, judgmental, and quick to assume many things. Unmarried girls (especially servants) had little to no power and were at the bottom of the hierarchy while men (especially rich ones with property) were at the top. A bunch of those girls (including Abigail, Betty, and Mary Warren) were accused of associating with the devil, they didn’t want to get in trouble so to save themselves, and they made up lies that they saw many other people with the devil. The people of the town (especially Reverend Hale and Parris) believed the girls, they thought they were sent to earth to get rid of the witches. Abby, Mary Warren, Betty, and the other girls involved were praised and were empowered through this craziness, they were able to accuse anybody of wrong doing and get away with it. In fear of losing the power and getting hung the girls continue making themselves one of the most powerful people in town.
Mary Warren was a quiet servant who was often beaten so it came as a surprise when she gained power in the town. Mary Warren even told her owner John Proctor (a man in high ranking) ‘I only hope you’ll not be so sarcastical no more. Four judges and the King’s deputy sat to dinner with us but an hour ago. I – I would have you speak civilly to me, from this out.” (Miller 196). This quote shows the change...