The Crucible

Kayla Howey
AP English – Literary Essay
Rough Draft

“The Crucible”

      In most cases, the ability to control the thoughts and actions of people has a detrimental effect.   This power arises throughout different scenarios in human life.   “The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller, portrays the events of the Salem Witchcraft Trials in which the entire village is brought into hysteria.   The power individuals have over controlling the outcomes of society, as well as the actions of people, is a prominent aspect of the play.
Setting up the events that will take place, the young, female servants of Salem are found dancing in the woods.   Their actions are immediately connected to witchcraft, and they are blamed for associating with the devil.   Commotion in the town soon begins since two of the girls are unable to wake.   It is exposed among the girls that Abigail asked Tituba to conjure a charm that would kill Goody Proctor.   Abigail establishes a strong power over the other girls to ensure she is not unveiled.   She asserts command with her ruthless words, “Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you” (20)   Using this threat, Abigail puts herself in a position of authority.   By implanting a horrible idea into their minds, Abigail is able to take control.   The girls become frightened; therefore, the silence Abigail wants is accomplished.
John Proctor lies at the heart of the problem.   He is the sole incentive for Abigail’s attempt of killing Goody Proctor.   The affair between them and the hope of its continuation play as a motive for Abigail’s desire.   Her faith in their relationship is ended when Proctor exemplifies how power again is a dominating force.   Even though he had willingly committed the sin of adultery, he now refuses to acknowledge any longing or compassion for Abigail, realizing the mistake he made.   The...