The Crucible: Theme - Witchraft

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  • Witchcraft
    • Parris is worried about his reputation
      • "We did dance, uncle, and when you leaped out the bush so suddenly, Betty was frightened and then she fainted. And there's the whole of it."
        • The one place where Abigail tells the truth.
      • Parris' parlour is "packed with people"
        • There's already hysteria about the rumours of witchcraft.
        • Everyone was involved in everyone's business.
      • Denies that witchcraft is responsible for Betty's illness.
        • Doesn't want to be involved with magic.
        • Scared that if he's not seen taking witchcraft seriously he will lose his authority.
    • Many Puritans believed the Devil was out to get them.
      • There were outbreaks of disease, Indian attacks and failed crops.
      • When unexplainable things happened, people often thought it was the devil's work and that they had been cursed.
      • Some people believed that the witches worked for the Devil.
    • Abigail lies
      • "I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!"
        • By blaming others, she shifts the blame from herself.
      • "I want to open myself! . . . I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand."
        • Confesses after sees Tituba's confession, which offers an example of a wat out.
        • Abigail spent the first act worrying about the possibility of being disgraced for casting charms.
        • By confessing, she is redeemed and free from guilt.
    • People are genuinely scared of witchcraft
      • People of Salem believe that witches exist, and some think that they work for the Devil and want to hurt other people.
      • They live hard lives and many unexplained things that happen are seen as punishment from God or the work of the Devil.
      • People believe that if they get rid of witches the Devil will have less power, so their lives will be better.
      • The genuinely good people like Rebecca, Giles and Elizabeth aren't scared of witchcraft.
        • Miller could be suggesting that people's fear of witchcraft is actually driven by their guilty consciences/
    • Poppet
      • There are different kinds of witchcraft.
        • People are confused about what witchcraft actually involves.
      • Abigail is prepared to do anything to get what she wants.
      • Abigail controls the situation even though she isn't there.
      • Hale believes the girls are telling the truth.
      • Elizabeth says Abigail is murder, which is then used as evidence against her.
    • Yellow Bird
      • Mary is a coward
      • Abigail controls the girls  psychologically.
        • She is powerful
      • Girls pretend they are under a spell.
      • Lies
  • "We did dance, uncle, and when you leaped out the bush so suddenly, Betty was frightened and then she fainted. And there's the whole of it."
    • The one place where Abigail tells the truth.

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thank you for this! extremely useful :) 

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