Jealousy Creates Conflict Essay

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“Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.” –Ambrose Bierce. In the Crucible, Arthur Miller uses various conflicts to illustrate the concept of Jealousy. Conflict; along with other key emotions it presents itself numerous times through out this storyline. From Abigail to Putnam, conflict arises in all the characters and helps to tie in with the theme of the trials.
One of the most important conflicts that transpire is between Abigail and John, and Abigail’s jealously towards John’s wife Goody Proctor. The first case of jealously and conflict between these characters is when John has called Abigail to the woods to confront her about the accusations her ...view middle of the document...

Elizabeth, at first tells John he must go to Abigail and ask her about her being accused. He doesn’t understand because he thought he was to have no contact with Abigail but Elizabeth soon enlightens him. She says “Elizabeth, delicately: John- grant me this. You have a faulty understanding of young girls. There is a promise made in any bed- Proctor, striving against his anger, what promise? Elizabeth: Spoke or silent, a promise is surely made, And she may dote on it now,- I am sure she does- and thinks to kill me, then to take my place,” What Elizabeth means, even though John does not see it, is that in Abigail will always want to get rid of Elizabeth. This is due to the fact that Abigail is a young girl and no matter how much she denies it she does have unrequited feelings that create envy and jealously towards Elizabeth’s place in John’s life.
Another conflict that occurs is the play is the jealously in the Putnam family. Both Putnam and his wife are jealous of other characters in the story and they both try and get what they want by accusing innocent people. The first conflict that we see is when Danforth tells Putnam that he is accused by Giles for telling his daughter to accuse George Jacobs as to obtain his land for next to nothing. Danforth says, “Mr Putnam, I have her an accusation by Mr. Corey against you He states that you coldly prompted you daughter to cry witchery upon George Jacobs that is now in...

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