In The Crucible, examine whose power in the story is dynamic.

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The most glaring example of power that is dynamic would rest with Abigail. On one hand, she starts out in the drama with little power.  As the drama continues and the accusations increase, her power increases with it.  She gets to a point where she is literally able to dictate the affairs of Salem.  As Act IV opens, her power has disappeared as the citizens of Salem have become resentful of the trials.  She leaves.  At the same time, Proctor's power is also shown to be fluid.  For most of the drama, he has not been able to demonstrates much in way of power.  Yet, in the end of the drama, when he recognizes the importance of his name and the transcendent quality it carries, Proctor asserts his own power.  It is a construction that is fluid and when Proctor recognizes the significance of his own name, it is a point in which he has power.  Like Abigail, Reverend Parris experiences the fluid dynamics of power.  From being at a point where power is challenging for him, he ends wielding much of it in Act III.  The end of the drama is one in which Parris ends up having to leave Salem for he has lost his power.  It is through this image that Miller suggests that power is a fluid construct and individuals must understand this reality in the process of using it in the modern setting.


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