In The Crucible by Arthur Miller

In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the character Mary Warren goes through lots of different power struggles. Mary Warren is a young servant girl whose ethics are challenged when she becomes afflicted with terror and intimidation. Mary is a maid for John Proctor, and becomes involved in the Salem Witch Trials as one of the accusers, led by Abigail Williams.
The essential conflict Mary Warren encounters is admitting to the court that the witch trials are just pretend. She realizes that the accusations are morally wrong and cruel. The trial is based on hatred and revenge, resulting in the execution of innocent villagers. However, Mary Warren feels threatened to speak out against wicked Abigail Williams. ” I cannot charge murder on Abigail, she’ll kill me for sayin’ that.(pages 1247 and 1248) In that quote it shows that Mary Warren is afraid of Abigail and that Abigail has more power over Mary Warren.
Since the conspiracy, Mary, merely a maid servant, has acquired extreme respect and authority. Mary’s power is apparent when she argues with her master, John Proctor. “I’ll not stand whipping anymore!..I’ll not be ordered to bed no more, Mr. Proctor! I am eighteen and a woman, however single!” (page )
After arduous consideration, Mary decides to confess to the false witch trials. She becomes motivated to speak up when innocent Elizabeth Proctor is suspected of witchcraft. Mary knows that Abigail accused Elizabeth because of hatred and retaliation. Abigail wants to get rid of Elizabeth in order to get to John Proctor. John Proctor, realizing Abigail’s intentions, demands Mary to turn against the girls. Mary acknowledges the corruption, and with outside influence, she is able to follow her truthful instincts. “I cannot lie no more. I am with God, I am with God” (Page )
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