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In this play, women are either whores/devils or saints/angels. When the play begins, the Reverend Parris is questioning Abigail concerning her reputation; there are, evidently, rumors that suggest she is not sexually virtuous. He asks her, “Your name in the town –– it is entirely white , is it not?” Unconvinced by her reassurance that it is, he tells her that he’s heard that Elizabeth Proctor doesn’t come to Sunday services anymore because of her, The Skewed Role of Women in The Crucible The outlook on gender roles in today’s advanced society is In drastic contrast to the views portrayed in The Crucible, set in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller , depicts women as weak creatures, who are expected to submit to men, and whose only access to power is through dishonest means. None of the females in The Crucible possess extreme power, but the truthful, pure-hearted, and family oriented women seem to be even less powerful than the others, the play also shows that the good and upright women in salem like Rebecca nurse and Elizabeth proctor were the one’s being executed for witchcraft, due to the fact that they were not willing to confess to crime’s that they did not confess. The play also shows that the women who had power in salem generally derived it from being deceitful and manipulative. They are led by betrayal and power and abigal Williams is a great example of this due to her obsession of power that led her her to forsake the people of salem, by accusing innocent people of witchcraft and blackmailing the girls to play along with her ruse by threatning them with a pointy reckoning . Another example of a woman obsessed with power was mrs Putnam who accused Rebecca nurse of killing her babies due to her jealousy about the fact that Rebecca was a grand mother with plenty of children which she didn’t have

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