The Crucible

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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 say's. "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...