The Crucible

Identify the ways in which the relationship between John Proctor and Abigail Williams affects the development of plot as well as supports Miller’s view about the witch hunts.

Identify the ways in which the relationship between John Proctor and Abigail Williams affects the development of plot as well as supports Miller’s view about the witch hunts.

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John and Abigail had an intimate relationship..... a relationship that would never be fulfilling or public because John was already married. He carried the guilt of cheating on his wife, as well as the guilt of having committed adultery. If his adultery had become public, his good name would mean nothing. He would have been shamed. The relationship between the two drives the play's plot...... we have guilt, betrayal, and jealousy..... the kind of jealousy that would make a young, manipulative girl see a way to get the man she wants without breaking up his marriage and without anyone knowing she wasn't the innocent she pretended to be. This scenario supports Miller's belief that the witch hunts were in many instances a source of revenge.

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The Crucible