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In the play The Crucible written by Arthur Miller Americans face pressure to conform in the town of Salem Massachusetts in 1692 The witch trials bring about the hidden truths about the citizens of Salem and in fact are not really about witchcraft Everyone has their enemies and the witch trials provide an outlet for the expression of the hostilities people have In Salem if a citizen suspects and accuses someone of something that suspicious person is quickly thought of as guilty Not much evidence is needed to prove someone guilty to the judges Danforth and Hathorne Preserving the appearance of justice rather than performing actual justice is what the judges are interested in Not only the judges but every high authority seems more interested in maintaining their reputation rather than doing the right thing The witch trials are not really about witchcraft but instead about long-held grudges and self-confidence problems that Salemites have and the Salemites just use the trials as an opportunity to avenge their enemies from past grudges and gain and maintain powerWhen Elizabeth Proctor finds out that her husband John is having an affair with their mischievous servant Abigail Elizabeth fires her Out of jealousy Abigail hates the well respected because she wishes she could be in Elizabeths place since she is still in love with John Abigails first attempt of killing Elizabeth fails which was convincing Tituba to concoct a charm When the witch trials go on Abigail sees another chance of getting Elizabeth out of the picture In court one day Abigail notices Mary Warren making a doll for Elizabeth Abigail conceives the idea of sticking a needle in the doll then sticking a needle in herself and telling everyone she sees Elizabeth Proctor with the devil so Elizabeth will be framed as performing witchcraft on Abigail Her plan is successful because Cheever finds the doll with the needle in it at Elizabeths house and Elizabeth gets arrested Elizabeth
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