Consider some of the authority figures in the play –Danforth, Parris, and Proctor. What traits, events, or characters motivate their attitudes and responses toward the witch trials? How do their views in regards to law and order differ from one another? Additionally, what can be said about Kohlberg’s moral stages and Miller’s message on law and order and how does the conflict between these central characters reflect the title of the drama?
Is Abigail a victim of the society she lives in or can her actions and reactions be attributed to her characteristics or personal traits? Do you think here actions can be pardoned or excused because of outside forces within the drama? Look at the events from her past and present and try making a connection between her behavior and these events. Is Miller’s treatment of women a fair characterization of women from this era?
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