Therefore, the representation of tolerance is established in Arthur Miller’s play through the clear cut characterization of Abigail, land disputes between Mr. Putnam and Mr. Corey, and the theme of persecution, which is the motive behind the people. Abigail’s tolerance coincides with how she is characterized in the novel. This is shown by how the narrator portrays her as a strikingly beautiful orphan, and how she is seen conniving herself obsessively into John Proctor’s life. She also shows her character with comments such as, “Not I, sir – Tituba and Ruth” (Miller 16).
Abigail uses her beauty and innocence to pin the blame on others, while in the back of her mind is John Proctor. Arthur Miller made her the leader of the witch trials, and tolerant of them. She is tolerant of them in the fact that she will go through anything she needs to, including persecution of Proctor’s innocent wife to be with him. Cheever: “Why, Abigail Williams charge her” (73).
This characteristic of how she blames everyone is apparent throughout the whole text, again as is her undying “love” for John Proctor. “John – I am waitin’ for you every night” (22).
Miller uses this infatuation to show why Abigail tolerates the atrocities in Salem; to be with John Proctor. Numerous conflicts besides the actual Salem witch trials arise in this play. One in particular is the land dispute between Thomas Putnam and Giles Corey. The conflict arises when Proctor and Corey decide to drag some lumber home from the forest. Putnam then asks what lumber it is, and comments on how that tract of wood is in his bounds. As the arguing continues Putnam keeps the conflict alive with a comment such as “You load one oak of mine and ou’ll fight to drag it home! ” (32).
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Putnam is also an avid believer of witchcraft. “That is a notorious sign of witchcraft afoot, Goody Nurse, a prodigious sign! ” (25).
The conflict Mr. Putnam has with Mr. Corey, along with the fact that he strongly believes in witchcraft represents his tolerance toward the witch trials. When Giles Corey is put to death for contempt of the court, Putnam shows his tolerance because he does not interfere with the decision that is made about Corey being put to death.
He stays out of it because he knows once Corey is dead, he will have no more disputes about land boundaries and him taking his wood. Not only does every act of this play show tolerance resulting in conflicts, it shows tolerance that result in themes as well. The people in the town of Salem all have persecution in their hearts, and it is this element that is the easiest to recognize the tolerance that people portray for the Salem witch trials. Danforth, with his power of the court, demonstrates persecution by stating, “And seventy-two condemned to hang by that signature” (87).
He talks about how he has persecuted seventy two people under his signature. In another instance, Mary Warren demonstrates persecution by her harsh outbreak against Proctor in the court. “You’re the Devil’s man! ” (118).
“My name, he want my name. “I’ll murder you,” he says, “if my wife hangs! We must go and overthrow the court,” he says! ” (119).
During both of these outbreaks, Mary Warren is pointing at Proctor thus revealing her means of persecution even more. These people will put their own lives in danger to tolerate the witch trials, just so they can persecute who they want.
Peoples struggles, lack of morals, and the pointing of fingers all reveal how tolerance is portrayed in The Crucible. As it is seen in the text of the play Abigail is the ringleader of the atrocities in Salem. Her character makes her tolerate anything to accuse or cause a conflict with someone. The conflicts seen by all of the other characters are what made them tolerant, so much that they will tolerate the accusation just to see their enemy die. Persecution is the motive behind the people, and they will tolerate anything to reach it.
H. Norman Wright once stated “Every person is different. Yet often, those differences are not understood or valued by others. ” Conflict is an inevitable part of human relationships. Depending on how it is approached and managed, conflict can be either constructive or destructive. Conflict arises when people disagree over something perceived as important. We live in communities and families with ...