The Evil Inside Humans Is Jealousy

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Can one jealous girl manipulate an entire court system to get the man she “loved” to be hanged? Quite unfortunately, John Proctor’s life has come to this end in The Crucible by Arthur Miller because of a seventeen year old, jealous girl, Abigail Williams, who he had an affair with. We start the story with the town’s local Reverend discovering that his daughter had been dancing for witchcraft with his slave, Tituba, in the woods. This leads to Abigail leading the girls to manipulate the court system in the town to get everyone she does not like, or is jealous of, to be hanged. John Proctor attempts to fight back, but Abigail has the court system wrapped around her finger and they will not listen. This play is an obvious illustration that jealousy can cause people to do horrendous actions to get the things they want.
The Putnams may not be a very obvious indicator of the theme of jealousy in The Crucible, but they are a very good example of people who are both jealous of others and others jealous of. The Putnams make many people jealous of their money as they are the only people able to buy land and other fancy items. However, the Putnams are also jealous of people who are able to have children. In this scene, Mrs. Putnam says to Rebecca Nurse, “But I must! You think it God’s work you should never lose a child, nor grandchild either, and I bury all but one? There are wheels within wheels in this village, and fives within fires!” (1.568-572). Mrs. Putnam has had 7 miscarriages and 1 girl who is now bewitched. Rebecca on the other hand has never lost a child or grandchild. Mrs. Putnam is very jealous of the fact that she has not produced very healthy offspring while others have. While the Putnams are jealous of others, many people are jealous of them for their wealth. Giles Corey has a realization that the Putnams have a lot to gain from others deaths; he then illustrates his realization to the judges, Danforth and Hathorne, by stating, “My proof is there! If Jacobs hangs for a witch he forfeit up his property-- that’s law! And there is none but Putnam with the coin to buy so great a pieve. This man is killing his neighbors for their land!” (3.406-410). This quote clearly shows that Giles feels jealous towards the Putnams because of their money, as I would believe many people in the town of Salem would. The Putnams had many material items, but they never had what they truly desired. The Putnams were a source of both jealous being received and jealousy being given because while they had money, something many people want, they did not have the family they...

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