Alessio Bracco Mrs. Stiff Honors English 10 January 8 2018 Abuse of Power Imagine living in a world where you once felt powerless and unacknowledged to being one of the most powerful people in one little town. “The Crucible”, by Arthur Miller is largely about a group of young girls who create hysteria in a small town that soon creates hysteria to hundreds of other people by accusing people of witchcraft. You can say that people took the witchcraft accusations into their own hands to gain power. With all the characters that have been effected by this occurrence, Abigail Williams and Judge Danforth are the first to come to mind when thinking about who took these allegations to their advantage Abigail Williams is a character known for being mischievous and manipulative. Therefore, it’s easy to say that Abigail would use the witch trials as a source for power. In the time of the late 1600s, women were underestimated and were not taken seriously. Abigail is an unmarried orphan. She is a character who strives for the attention that she deserved. Through out the whole play, no one would care to listen to what she had to say. When the witch craft allegations started around, all of a sudden, everyone wanted to listen to her. Her main priority was to not only get attention from hundreds of people in Salem, but to destroy Elizabeth. For example. “Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters. And that is all. And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parents’ heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down! She goes to Betty and roughly sits her up, stop this!” (Miller 1108). This quote shows that Abigail’s power in the beginning is very minimal. She can make all the threats she wants, but that is as far as her influence extends. Later in the future, her power rises dramatically. For instance, “let you beware, Mr. Danforth. Think you to be so mighty that the power of Hell may not turn your wits? Beware of it” (Miller 1147). Fast forwarding to act three, you see that Abigail’s power has risen drastically . This just goes to show that Abigail simply got all the power she needed from witchcraft. Judge Danforth is a judge and leading figure in the town of Salem. You may be thinking, Danforth is already powerful, but the witchcraft accusations take it so much further. Mr. Danforth had the lives of the people who were accused of witchcraft in his hands. To add to this, “Do you take it upon yourself to determine what this court shall believe and what it shall set aside? Do you take it upon yourself to determine what this court shall believe and what it shall set aside? This is the highest court of supreme government of this province, do you know it? (Miller 1138). As you can see, Danforth is a man that knows exactly what he wants. He only sees the black and white (good and bad) with no gray areas. He makes his court room almost like a dictatorship. He sees that all these people are desperate for their lives. He takes that and gets prideful over it because everyone looks to him for safety. Could you imagine living in a world like this? Where everyone is so divided and so mean to each other. Where nothing matters but the power you want and the reputations you have? People like Abigail Williams and Judge Danforth seem to think so.