The play contained many scenarios of good versus evil, and the characters who generally possessed these feelings and intentions. But it must be understood t hat there were the intentions, the incentives, and then the actions taken out on a person or a group of people. Every character could either be placed in the intentions under good or bad intentions. Aft er that, almost every character has mixed feelings of evil or good actions.
The fight between the centre of evil and the centre of good is the foremost important of the points. Abigail Williams is the nucleus of all evil in the story. Sh e is the one who triggers off this sense of hate in the play. She tempts Proctor into lechery, and comm its unlawful acts which all are against the Puritan religion. To escape punishment for dancing, she deflects the actions and blames them on someone else, and does not care how many lives she ruins. La ter when she grows into power and influence, she seems to enjoy sending these innocent peopl e their deaths. She takes pleasure in her lies, and thrives on the attention and power that th ey bring her.
All these are the aspects of being the evil character. Power, attention, and acts of w rongful doing. Therefore she can be labelled with being the evil character in the novel. She uses evi l actions disguised as good by admitting who was with the devil. Of course the people she accuses a re actually innocent, but she has the ability to manipulate people into believing that she is doin g good. This again is evil.
The centre of good can be labelled as John Proctor. He is considere d the “hero” of the story, because he fits into the points that make up the hero of a story. Pr octor is a heroic martyr at the end of the play, when he falsely admits that he was with Satan all a long. He then refuses to tell the judge and accuse anyone of being with Satan too like Abigail did. Th erefore he may be considered a martyr, for dying for a cause of saving the lives of other innocen t people. John Proctor also tries to defend his wife, and attempts to make the judge realize how Abiga il is manipulating him. This is where the conflict arises between good and evil.
It is survival o f the fittest. Who will survive at the end? Abigail Williams or John Proctor? This is the main battle o f the story.
John Proctor is not a saint in this story either. He does possess s ome fragments of evil in his soul. His intentions are to do good and that justice is served, but he wants this so badly, that he also turns to evil incentives to kill Abigail subliminally for w hat she is doing. At the latter part of the play, he tries to use evil to counter evil by saying he was w ith the devil. His intentions are to do good, but that is really against the Puritan Code, and hence i s considered evil. One more fault that Proctor has was for committing lechery with Abigail. This is ev il, because it is against the Puritan rules. Abigail and Proctor are both at fault.
Ann Putnam was greatly influenced by Abigail”s doings, that she beg an to follow the same strategy. She then accuses Rebecca Nurse of witchery to escape her a ccusation. This deflection is just used to keep herself out of trouble. Consequently, Ann Putnam i s then considered evil, for using deflection.
Marry Warren”s intentions at the beginning of the story were to do good and justice. But she sees that when she is in trouble, she also needs someone to defl ect the punishment on. This greed results in her saying that Proctor was associated with Satan, and that he possessed her and made her do all of her wrong actions. Her intentions were first good , but then her actions turned into pure evil, just like Abigail had done.
Reverend Hale also is deceived into the traps of Abigail, and accid entally goes along with her plans. He thought he was doing good, but his actions turned out to be evil and wrong. He later realizes that he was being manipulated by Abigail, and decides to ma ke up for his actions, so he can be good. Hale begins by visiting the accused in jail and telling them to confess to being with the Devil, so they may get out alive. This action is wrong against t he Puritan code, but his incentives are to do good, so the people will not be executed for no reason. He can therefore be considered good at the end of the story.
One very important battle that is not very obvious in the story is with God and the Devil, being good and evil. The question is will the accused people be sent to heaven with the good God, or will they burn in hell with the evil Satan? This is mainly what t he whole play is based on. The Puritan religion is the reason for why the people are being executed . In conclusion, there is a substantial difference between the forces of good and evil in the play. The forces of good always tried to do what was best for everyb ody, even if it meant breaking some Puritan laws.
The evil group did whatever was best for themselv es. They were greedy, and had no consideration for others. But one thing that must be remember ed is usually, the good always prevails over the forces of evil. It was not the same in The Crucibl e.
In the end, Abigail had succeeded in her wrong doing, and had killed Proctor. For once, evil emerged victorious…