Abigail Williams of The Crucible

analytical Essay
998 words
998 words

Abigail Williams is manipulative and wants everything to go her way. She is the main character and causes trouble everywhere she goes. The Salem Witch Trials is about hearings and prosecutions of people who were accused of witchcraft. In The Crucible Abigail is a no good villain. Abigail first commits adultery with Elizabeth’s husband. Later on Abigail begins to accuse innocent people of doing witchcraft which causes them to die. Abigail Williams uses the Salem Witch Trials to put out all the resentment she has toward everyone. Abigail commits adultery with Elizabeth’s husband who is John Proctor. In The Crucible John was thirty years of age and Abigail who was just seventeen. Even with a huge age difference Abigail seems to think she has a high level of maturity to do anything she wants. John and Elizabeth hired Abigail, until Elizabeth found out about his affair and fired Abigail. John told Abigail that he was done with the affair and that he will never touch her again. “Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again”. (Miller 23) Abigail would claim that John was in love with her and that she also loved him too, but John never really loved Abigail he only saw lust. Even though Abigail claimed to like John, she mostly loved the attention he gave her. When Abigail was younger she witnessed both of her parent’s being killed. “I saw Indians smash my dear parent’s heads on the pillow next to mine”. (Miller 20) However in the beginning of The Crucible Abigail is portrayed to be innocent because she is an orphan and she saw the murder of her parents. After the incident she was raised by her Uncle Parris. Although being raised by her uncle she never... ... middle of paper ... ...ical problem. She seems to be lost in the world, and the only way for her to go through life is by being deceitful. She has no remorse for what she’s done or caused. It becomes even worse when she steals from her own family members. In addition Abigail eventually ran away with Mercy Lewis. Abigail is cold-hearted and she basically plays the devils character in her town. In this case Abigail was never the victim and she will always be an unforgettable character. Work Cited Martin, Robert A. "Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Background." Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 11 Dec. 2013://www Miller, Arthur. The Crucible (Penguin Classics). London: Penguin Classics, 2003. Print. Abbotson, Susan C. W. "The Crucible." Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 10 Feb. 2014

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how abigail williams is manipulative and causes trouble everywhere she goes. the salem witch trials is about hearings and prosecutions of people who were accused of witchcraft.
  • Analyzes how abigail commits adultery with elizabeth's husband, john proctor, in the crucible.
  • Analyzes how abigail is portrayed to be innocent because she is an orphan and witnessed both of her parents being killed. she was raised by her uncle parris and never felt loved by him.
  • Analyzes how abigail knew it was a sin to commit adultery with married men but she never really cared. she accuses innocent people of doing witchcraft.
  • Analyzes how abigail induced the slaves into doing witchcraft. she accused elizabeth proctor of sending evil spirits and stabbing her with a needle so she could have john.
  • Analyzes how abigail is manipulative and wants everything her way. when john goes to the woods to talk to her she tried to seduce him but he pushed her away.
  • Analyzes how abigail's smart tactics and cunnings make it easier for people to believe her lies.
  • Analyzes how abigail threatened the other girls to lie because she did not want the same testimony as them.
  • Concludes that abigail was evil and was the antagonist of the play. john proctor's relationship with elizabeth and her character creates chaos in the salem witch trials.
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