After reading Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible it has become evident that the three people most to blame for the hysteria and the subsequent death of innocent people are Tituba, Abigail Williams, and Danforth. Each of these people, in some way, caused harm to blameless people. This essay will explain what these people knowingly or unknowingly did to contribute to the death of the innocent people hanged at witches in Salem Village in 1692.
Tituba was most responsible for the Salem Witch hysteria. She went into the woods with the other girls, danced and sang songs. Abigail say’s, “We did dance.”, and Parris says, “I heard a screeching and gibberish coming from her mouth. Tituba also made the girls drink chicken blood. When Tituba was talking to Parris, she says. “No, No, chicken blood. I gave them chicken blood. In addition, she confesses herself to witchcraft, and she also tells Parris who she saw with the devil. Tituba say’s, “I tell him I don’t desire to work for him, sir.”, she also say’s, “And I look and there was Goody Good and Goody Osburn.
Abigail Williams was also responsible for the tragedy. Abigail confessed that she danced for the devil, that she saw him, and that she wrote in his book, she also named the people she saw with the devil. As she tells Parris that she wants to be free, she say’s, “I danced for the devil; I saw him; I wrote in his book” and as she tells who she saw with the devil she say’s, “I saw Sarah Good with the devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the devil”! Another reason she is to blame is that she slept with John Proctor, making her think that John really loves her. Abigail says to John, “I will not, I cannot! You love me John Proctor and whatever sin it is you love me yet.”
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Lastly, Danforth is responsible for the hanging of innocent people as witches. Danforth is cruel, because, anybody who is or was accused of witchcraft and doesn’t confess, will hang them. When he’s talking to one of the persons of the court he say’s, “Them that will not confess will hang.” Also, Danforth will not postpone the hanging’s for a time, and he also, won’t pardon the people who will be hanged. He wants to hand the people who break the law. He says to Hale and Parris, “I will not receive a single plea for pardon or postponement.”, he also say’s, “I should hang ten thousand that dared to rise against the law.”
In conclusion, there are three people who are most to blame for the hanging of innocent people during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. These three people are Tituba, Abigail Williams, and Danforth. Each of these three knowingly or unknowingly caused the witch hysteria to grow and contributed to the hanging deaths of the men and women during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.
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