The Crucible by Arthur Miller Essay
What begins as a young woman's desire for vengeance and a group of girls roped into the scheme quickly snowballs into an uncontrollable torrent of accusations and soon the quiet town …show more content…
Parris summons Reverend Hale of Beverly to investigate the basis of the strange happenings within Salem and discern whether the devil is at work. Hale is a self-proclaimed expert of witchcraft with a palpable air of pomposity. He approaches the situation by trying to explain supernatural phenomenon with intellect and reason, which is ironic as all they can rely on is the testimony of young frightened girls and no solid evidence.
Accusations fly and soon hysteria grips the town as many of the ill-respected member of society are brought to trial, soon followed by the upright figures of decency, Rebecca Nurse, Martha Corey, and as a revengeful blow by Abigail, Elizabeth Proctor is accused. Abigail relishes the attention and power she holds over the town. Rather than being damned as a "whore'' and liar she is exalted as an official of the court on a godly mission. The other girls follow her lead as they are to terrified of what will happen to them if they refuse.
Proctor hesitates to get involved and denounce Abigail as a liar due to his embarrassing past with her. He finally speaks our when his own