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This month I pick “THE CRUCIBLE” by Arthur Miller as the part of Reading Challenge on Plays. My interest on this book are come while I reading ‘The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane’ by Katherine Howe – who through her family history are related with Elizabeth Howe, one of the suspect on Salem’s Witchtrials and hang by the court, and she also had close relationship with Elizabeth Proctor, who survive from the allegations. Arthur Miller write this plays from the main histories that give a black-hole on the good name the laws and government in American History. There’s several interesting characters on this plays, ‘cause Miller give such intense stories and horror on the scene. He also give description on each character, so the reader can ‘sees’ the setting nor the player through their imagination. For the first character, I want you to know the source of this stories : ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, and my opinion based on this book, not the real Abigail Williams from the Salem’s Witchtrials, even there’s similarity on the few facts on history.
Are they protagonist or antagonist?
She definetely antagonist character, act as a victims, but behind that she had really bad-motive to pursue her crazy dreams to become the lover of a married man.
Who are they? What was their role in the book?
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What was your strongest impression on the character(s)? You can quote the dialogue or narration you got the impression from.
She is a crazy, manipulated, selfis, unhearted girl, even in very young age she already knew that she had the ability to influence people but use that to gets follower to do what she want, no matter how bad that is. I think she also had no counsence, simply the thinks that all the act she leads are sacrifice many life of innocent people, told me maybe she a little-bit ‘pscycopath’ too.
"It were a fire, John, we lay in fire. And from that night no woman dare call me wicked any more but I knew my answer. I used to weep for sins when the wind lifted up my skirts; and blushed for shame because some old Rebecca called me loose. And then you burned my ignorance away. As bare as some December tree I saw them all - walking like saints to church, running to feed the sick, and hypocriters in their hearts! And God gave me strength to call them liars, and God made men to listen to me, and by God I will scrub the world clean for the love of Him! Oh, John, I will make you such a wife when the world is white again!"
What are the strengths or weaknesses of your character(s)?
Well she had strengths to influence people, otherwise no follower will willing to do everything she told them to do, unfortunally she used it on the ugly-bad-devilish works. If I can say about the weakness, maybe it’s her falling to John Proctor, makes her excuse to all her act. But still I think that could be stop if she had good moral issue or clear mind and counsence.
How do they develop throughout the book?
She become more-more most hatred character on this story, ‘cause after several death on innocent people, she still continue all the parade by her follower, pointing every singla man or woman to be accused as Devil’s servant and will goes to hang for sure. But also through times, I found that the adult and powerful authority, also tooks part on this wrong allegation, so I think with this combination, most likely for all the victims to survive and staying a live on those time, a very little.
What makes you love/hate them?
I already describe how dislike I’m on Abigail’s character. But even sees how horrible she is, still I will blame it on the adult, his uncle specially who knowing (or suspected something) the episode that makes her daugther had ‘strange’ condition, but refuse to see the truth and search for another ‘escape-goat’, and the authority, who suppose to stand-clear on truth and justice, are also doing the opposite choice, it’s a political issue surrounding ‘religion’ and ‘power’.
What lessons or influences you got from them?
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