How Does Abigail Williams Play In The Crucible

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Where the Idea of Witchcraft Began

In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, there are many characters who provoke the Salem Witch Trials and the belief of witchcraft in the town of Salem. Out of all of the characters the one who stands out the most and is pushing toward the belief of witchcraft is Abigail. Abigail Williams plays a role that leads the court to believe that witches in Salem are real and are bewitching innocent townspeople that are just trying to go about their day to day lives. Abigail displays a very manipulating, deceiving, and conniving personality throughout the text. Abigail is unquestionably manipulating on all accounts. She manages to act pure and virtuous while lying to the courts about the whole situation in the woods instead of taking responsibility and telling her uncle Parris that nothing had happened in the woods that would be the cause of Betty’s “illness.” In the beginning Abigail admits to being in the woods and admitted to having fun and dancing in the forest with the other girls, but when Parris started to put the blame on her and started to convey on witchcraft she automatically placed the blame onto others and it all started with Tituba. All of the other girls then follow Abigail’s lead by impeaching a large amount of civilians. When Mary Warren speaks out about how the accused are innocent and Danforth interrogates Abigail she retaliates with, “I have been hurt, Mr. Danforth; I have seen blood runnin’ out! I have been near
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She speaks to them in an innocent voice and when that does not work she acts as if she is being possessed by one of the accused. When Mary Warren tried to speak out and tell Danforth that the girls were all acting out for “sport,” she never saw the Devil, and that she was fainting because she thought she was seeing spirits because of the controversy Abigail began to pretend that she was seeing Mary as a bird and that it was about to attack
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