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Desperation in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Desperation in "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller

In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller Abby’s desperation in acts three and four make her a prominent character in the book. Abigail Williams a young adult in Salem is after her true love, John Proctor. Once she realizes that she has nothing to loose Abby really starts to take risks that make her crucial to the plot of the play. After Proctor confesses his affair with Abby. Mary Warren says that the cries of witchery by Abby are false; Abby realizes that she is almost out of options and goes to her last resort by accusing Mary Warren. Later in the play, Abby realizes that Reverend Hale has turned against her so she tries to accuse Hale’s wife of being with the devil. By the end of the play, Abby has finally realized that she is out of options and decides to leave Salem and go to Boston.

When John Proctor convinces Mary Warren into confessing that the accusations by the girls are false. This shows that Abby sees Mary Warren as a threat to her scheme. Abby decides that there is really nothing else that she can do except accuse Mary Warren and try and get her out of the way. This takes place immediately before John Proctor confesses his affair with Abby and tarnishes his name. Danforth believes Proctor when he says, “…A man will not cast away his good name. You surely know that” (Act 3). Abby sees that she is in trouble at this point and tries to pull Mary Warren down with her.

When Abby realized Rev. Hale against her, she goes to Judge Danforth and accuses Rev. Hale’s wife of compacting with the devil. She does this because Hale has authority in the town and sees him as a possible threat to her. She does not take into account that Rev. Hale is holy and Hale and his wife are protected from the accusations of the devil. Danforth tells Abby that she must be mistaken and that god protects Hale and his wife.

Realizing that she is out of options, Abby leaves Salem and goes to Boston. She does this because no one believes her accusations any more. She has taken her obsession with John Proctor too far. ...

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