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Reading Journal Essay

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Reading Journal
First entry, Act One.
The first scene of The Crucible can be seen as an opening scene, as it presents some of the characters of the book and the story. In fact, we see the presentation of the characters and it is shown to us how all the story started. However, the one that shocks me the most is Abigail Williams. Indeed, at the beginning of the book, we see that she appears as a delicate and sweet girl, a girl that couldn’t do any bad. However, we see as the story goes in this first act that she is not what she pretended to be. We indeed discover that she was the mistress of Proctor and that she destroyed one of the most holy things in the world: marriage. This scene with Proctor seems for me like a foreshadowing as we really start to see who Abigail Williams really is. Who will she become? That’s for us to discover.

Second entry, Act One.
This entry will be talking about Abigail Williams but also about the theme of fear. First, let’s talk about Abigail Williams. In this scene, the revelation of Abigail’s real personality really strikes us. The fact that she is ready to drink blood and to injure spirits in the forest all that in order to kill a women she considers her rival really shows us who Abigail really is: a conceited girl who is ready to ruin everybody’s life in order to obtain what she wants.
We also see in this scene the theme of fear and how it affects the people in the book. In fact, in this first act, we see how Abigail is trying to install fear in the girl’s mind. Indeed, when they are discovered and that they try to tell the truth, Abigail shouts at them words that are meant to make them fear her. Right in the scene, she says: “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.” (Page 15) This passage shows us how Abigail really is and how she is ready to use fear and blackmailing in order to discipline the girls and make them do whatever she wants. We can therefore see that she is controlling the girls. From that instant, whatever they do and will do, is instructed by Abigail. And they have to do it not because they want to but because Abigail is exerting her power on them.

Third entry, Act One.
This third entry will treat mainly of how Abigail started the witch accusations, and therefore the witch trials within Salem. Indeed, when towards the end of Act One they are asked by Parris and Reverend Hale about which one of them injured the Devil, she plays innocent and delicate and accuses Tituba.
“- Hale: … Did you call the Devil last night?
-Abigail: I never called him! Tituba, Tituba…” (Page 35)
What she is doing in this chapter is accusing Tituba of witchcraft. She knows that in that instant, her life was at stake, she so decided to accuse Tituba and save herself.
This moreover when we start to see the link between Abigail Williams and McChartism. In fact, we...

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