The Crucible- Who is to blame?

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In Arthur Miller’s play, “The Crucible”, a dramatic story unfolds about hatred and deception among the townspeople of Salem, Massachusetts in the year 1692. During this time, people were being accused of practicing witchcraft and conjuring with the devil. Once accused, all one could do was deny the practice and hang for it or confess and be condemned to prison. Many took advantage of this, including a young girl by the name Abigail Williams who is the main character in the play. Who is to be blamed for the death of the innocently accused? Many can argue and say that other characters in the story share blame in the Salem Witch Trials. Though, the ultimate responsibility belongs to Abigail for the deaths of many innocent people during this time.
Abigail was able to easily deceive and manipulate the court to try and get what she had set her eyes on, being John Proctor; a much older, married man who had had an affair with Abigail once when she was a sort of servant in his household. After finding of this, his wife Elizabeth had banished Abigail from their house. Abigail sought revenge and begged her uncle’s Barbados slave Tituba to make a charm to kill John’s wife. Tituba did what Abigail asked while she and the other local girls attended a dance in the woods with her. This is how it all began. Her desperate attempt at revenge and to replace John’s wife sparked what would be a path of constant lies. This is only the first reason proving her responsibility for the deaths, as she started it in the first place. If she had never sought revenge, the woods scene would have never happened.
Dancing in the woods was frowned upon, and when Abigail’s uncle, Reverend Parris caught them, she and the other girls didn’t want to get into trouble. Not to mention, Parris’ daughter Betty was unconscious in her bed for days which intensified the suspicion of witchcraft. Though, one of the girls, Mary Warren, had tried to convince Abigail that they should tell the truth about the events that had occurred. Instead of listening to...

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