This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Crucible By Arthur Miller......Elizabeth Proctor Vs. Abigail Williams

533 words - 3 pages

Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams are two important women in The Crucible. They are basically opposite of each other, which makes their characters vital to the story. Both Elizabeth's and Abigail's roles in the story can be determined by comparing what each women represents, what motivates them, and what they cause in the end.Elizabeth Proctor represents the only thing good left in John Proctor's life. She is an honest women who would never lie to John, although he has lied to her. While she is suspicious at times, she will never stop loving him. And that is what she has come to represent, love and honesty. While Elizabeth's character is easy to ...view middle of the document...

Elizabeth's motivation is to keep the peace. So much so that she voluntarily left her home to be taken prisoner. Her rationale behind this was that if she was honest, and her reputation was good for it, then she would become free again. Abigail's motivation is to cause chaos. She would rather tell a lie and be the center of attention than be blamed for something. And her driving force for this was to gain power. Something she had never had before. One thing that they did have in common is that they are both striving to win or keep John's heart. Elizabeth's part in this was to fire Abigail for having an affair with John. Abigail's part in this was to try to kill Elizabeth by blaming her for witchcraft. Both women's reputations were at hand, and they were prepared to fight for it.Both Abigail and Elizabeth had contributed to John Proctor's death. Abigail with her tails of witchcraft on many women in the town had caused many people's lives to be taken away from them. And Elizabeth's only lie during the story was when she told the judge that John and Abigail had no affair. Her only lie would cause the death of her beloved husband. Both women's relationship with John would be his undoing.Elizabeth's role as John's darling wife and Abigail's role as the leader of the girls can be determined by comparing what both women represent, what motivates each, and what each one triggers in the end. Both women's characters are fundamentally opposite of each other. Which is why they play key roles in The Crucible.

Find Another Essay On The Crucible by Arthur Miller......Elizabeth Proctor vs. Abigail Williams

Abigail Williams in Act One of The Crucible by Arthur Miller

2022 words - 8 pages How Arthur Miller Establishes the Character and Motivation of Abigail Williams in Act One and How She is Not to be Trusted Arthur Miller wrote ‘The Crucible’ in the 1950’s during the Cold War. The play is a study in the mass hysteria which led to the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials. It shows the consequences of being accused as a witch. The reason for a witch hunt is because it is a sign of the devil and in Salem no one is

How did arthur miller portray the relationship between john and elizabeth proctor in "The Crucible" by arthur miller?

1790 words - 7 pages stones for not confessing whilst dozens stayed in jail for months without trials. This was all McCarthyism that was still around when The Crucible was written and was a witch hunt looking for evil which focused on Communists that they found everywhere. This was how Miller portrayed how primitive the American 1950's were by relating it to McCarthyism in the 1690's.The basic hysteria that swept through the witch hunt was also kept that looked as it

Comparison of Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor in Miller's The Crucible

555 words - 2 pages believed because of her ability to change her belief to feed off of the fears of the community, a very powerful tool in puritan Salem. Both characters had some characteristics that were shared, but were opposites in much more. While Elizabeth Proctor symbolized the basic good of the human nature, Abigail Williams showed the darker side of human nature. Both Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams would partly develop because of the other, and would become the opposition of each other from the middle to the end of the play. Works Cited: Miller, Arthur. The Crucible: A Screenplay. New York: Penguin Books, 1996.

Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

2198 words - 9 pages Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Throughout the play “the Crucible,” we see the many different sides of Abigail Williams’ character. Arthur Miller has created an interesting and complex character with various personality traits, and her controlling and manipulative nature becomes evident for the audience during the very first scene. Abigail is first introduced as “seventeen, a strikingly beautiful

Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

2137 words - 9 pages Abigail in Arthur Miller's The Crucible "The Crucible" is a play based upon the events that occurred in Salem circa 1690s. The witch trials were not just in America, but occurred in Europe too. Arthur Miller wrote this play, and also wrote the screenplay for the movie based on his play script. This has been produced in theatres countless times, as it is so dramatic, and appeals to audiences. We are introduced to the character of

John Proctor, a Character in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

1039 words - 4 pages also gets accused. John’s accusers were Abigail Williams, the girl John lusted with, and Mary Wilcott saying that John’s spirit tormented them. “ Mary Warren also confirmed the accusations by saying “He beat me to sign the devil’s book”(Brooks), which is partially true because John did beat her because of her behavior. John’s demise is his lust with Abigail Williams. Throughout the rest of the book John tries to win back over Elizabeth Proctor’s

John Proctor in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

647 words - 3 pages the good days even if the good day is only on Sunday of that week. His struggle to make a living with his crops gets him into trouble with the very religious Puritan community of Salem Massachusetts. If John Proctor has a fault its that he’s to honest when he thinks your wrong about something he will make you know about it. John Proctor only got involved with this whole witch trial because of a girl by the name of Abigail Williams. If it

"The Crucible" by Arthur Miller; Character analysis of John Proctor

1024 words - 4 pages The history books all describe the Holocaust and slavery, but they never really explain the horrors of the Salem Witch Trials. All of these tragedies in history have one thing in common: many innocent people were killed due to prejudices against others. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is a play that entertains while at the same time educates, by telling the story of this horrible time of the Salem Witch Trials in a small village in Massachusetts

Contrast Between Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor

3512 words - 14 pages Contrast Between Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor Create an outright contrast between the two protagonists – Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor. Examine how he has established this dichotomy of character, and what does it add to the dramatic quality and audience involvement in the play. The “Crucible” By Arthur Miller Miller attempts to create an outright contrast between the two protagonists – Abigail Williams and

Character Study of Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

1946 words - 8 pages Character Study of Abigail From Arthur Miller's The Crucible Arthur Miller was inspired to write The Crucible because of what happened in America in the 1950's. Suspicion of witchcraft and an association with the Devil had arisen in the 1600s in Salem, Massachsetts. The allegations and apprehension is comparable with the period of

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

693 words - 3 pages The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller during the 1950’s. The Crucible is a story that takes place in Salem Massachusetts in 1692. The Crucible begins with group of girls being caught by Reverend Parris dancing around a fire. Abigail one of the leaders of the group gets questioned by Reverend Parris about witchcraft, deny's the doings and rumours quickly fill the town about witchcraft. Abigail who was a worker in John Proctor's house

Similar Essays

Abigail Williams In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

687 words - 3 pages In Arthur Miller's play The Crucible Abigail Williams, an unmarried orphan in the Massachusetts town of Salem, incessantly grows more jealous, her desire for vengeance only grows stronger, and her selfishness escalates. She repeatedly lies to save herself by denying her involvement in witchcraft. Abigail's Jealousy of Elizabeth Proctor intensifies in attempt to realize her desire for Elizabeth's husband John Proctor. In order to save

Motivations Of Abigail Williams In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

718 words - 3 pages A motivation can be described as a character having a reason to behave or act in a particular way. Someone or something can be someone's motivation. A child obeys its parents to avoid punishment or a clerk works overtime so that he can afford a better car are examples of motivation. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, characters illustrate several types of motivations. Throughout the play, Abigail is motivated by jealousy, power, and

Abigail Williams In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

3389 words - 14 pages Abigail Williams is the troubled niece of Reverend Parris of Salem. She is an orphan; made so by brutal natives who killed her parents before her very eyes. The witch-hunt begins when Abigail is at the age of seventeen. She has a large role in this novel, especially on these dark events and also her relationship with John Proctor. In my opinion from what I have understood from the text she is a tempestuous character. She is initially

I Saw Abigail Williams With The Devil In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

731 words - 3 pages leaving behind the victims, and the families of the people that hung in Salem. In conclusion, Arthur Miller seemed to make these changes in Abigail Williams to add more passion to the character, and bring forth the drive, and desire in the film. Thus, Abby’s changes to her personality, lines, and scenes, pulled the movie forward, and furthermore, exposing the added determination in John and Elizabeth Proctor, and the many characters that were associated with Abigail Williams.