In The Crucible Act II, what does the biblical allusion to Moses and the parting of the Red Sea suggest about how the crowd views Abigail?
In addition to the possibility that the crowd parts for Abigail because they are anxious to avoid being seen by her, it is also reasonable to suggest that the crowd parts for Abigail as the Red Sea did for Moses because they are somewhat in awe of her. She has acquired a great deal of power as a result of her supposed ability to identify witches, and she is seen not just as powerful but also holy, in a way, now. As Deputy Governor Danforth tells John Proctor in Act Three, "the entire contention of the state in these trials is that the voice of Heaven is speaking through the children." If the magistrates are saying that...
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