Towards the end of The Crucible, Proctor shames himself and confesses of having affair with Abigail. Abigail denies John’s words and says “If I must answer that, I will leave and I will not come back again” (pg. 1207) because she knows that if she confesses now all the work she has put on the line will be done all for nothing, and will make her look more like a fool than she ever was. This quote indicates that Abigail Williams is a selfish antagonist because she is lying about something that is clearly noticeable. Some people may argue that Abigail isn’t the only one to blame, as in there are many others to blame for the loss of many lives.
The Crucible Abigail was a corrupt, cynical, and dishonest character throughout the Salem witch trials. She accused innocent people of the community of Salem of being witches. Most of the time she did this in seek of revenge on the people, but other times she did it so that she wouldn’t get caught for lying. Abigail was not a very old character she was 14-18 years old and still single. She was out of a job after the proctors kicked her out, and was not trusted by anyone after the incident at the proctor's house.
The steward assumed she is weak because she is a girl. Another prove that I have stated before is when the archbishop called her not a respectable woman. He stated that as if a girl dress like a soldier is something bad and new. They did not expect these kinds of attire and behavior from women. Because of the odd things Joan does, she was punished by being killed and burned to death.
She accuses all of the wives in the village basically, she also shouts names of random people and says that they are capable of witchcraft. Need I remind you that these are innocent women that she is putting all of the blame on, but for what? To save herself, if she as innocent as she claims to be then there should be no need for cover ups. She also lied about Mary Warren being a bird that was apparently attacking her and the girls. She was a very manipulative girl throughout the whole trial, she accused many and lied about a lot.
. ‘That’s where you can help us’” (Rees 218). The girls were jealous of Mary’s friend Rebekah, who recently married, in which they felt Mary’s witchcraft was the root of the marriage. Their jealousy then turned into revenge by them accusing her of witchcraft because Mary refused to help them in order to not expose her true identity. Jealousy was displayed when women used witchcraft to obtain a
She is shown to be young, wide-eyes through her description “Abigail Williams, seventeen- a strikingly beautiful girl.” (8) Thus Abigail has idealized her entire relationship with John Proctor instead of seeing it for what it truly was, an affair that took place because Proctor, a bit lonely, felt distant from his wife and consequently turned to Abigail for warmth, she see’s the two of them as being in love and the only thing keeping them apart is John Proctors wife, Goody Proctor. This is portrayed quite clearly in Abigail's motivation throughout the play as she is constantly trying to eliminate Goody Proctor. This is seen in the Act I when it is revealed by Betty Parris that it was Abigail who was attempting to kill Goody Proctor when the girls were dancing in the woods, all in attempt to be with John Proctor "You did, you did! You drank a charm to kill John Proctor’s wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!"
“…I have here an accusation by Mr. Corey against you. He states that you coldly prompted your daughter to cry witchery upon George Jacobs that is now in jail.” (Danforth 182). This shows that someone thinks that the girls did perform witch craft and now that there is an accusation against them, the whole village will know what someone saw. The girl’s reputation is going to be ruined by the accusation made against them, and now they have to do anything to prove that they are innocent. Anyone will do anything to protect their reputation.
People in general should not be allowed to conform to society. The reason people choose to obey others beliefs and customs is because of their lack of knowledge of that subject. And people are too lazy to go and gather their own information and form an opinion on their own, they are stuck to resorting to integrating with the “normal” people in society. The so called witches in Salem Massachusetts, were wrongly accused of practicing witchcraft or any other witch related crimes. Has our dear Abigail Williams fallen under this dark curse just as countless humans in this world
The imagery of the ‘sour air’ encompassing her represents a miasma of rejection from society, who pressure her to conform to a single way of life. Whilst some say that looking through a Bell Jar gives her a distorted perception of society and the pressure she receives is a fiction of her own imagination, one must look only at her relationship with her mother to realize she is victimized by her harsh society. In specific it reminds us of the toxic environment set up by her mother who tells her "I knew you'd decide to be all right again". It’s shocking to the reader who is able to sympathize with Esther’s clear internal struggles, yet her own mother sees it only as a nuisance. The extended metaphor within this novel and the fragmentary structure we so often see in Plath’s work presents the depth of mental disorder but more importantly brings a harsh light to the society that never understood or even tried
Catherine Earnshaw: Weak or Manipulative Catherine’s selfishness is a tragic flaw and the source of all the pain and sufferings in Wuthering heights. The villain in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, to critics had always been Heathcliff or Ellen dean(Nelly) but nobody pays attention or rather ignores the fact that it is Catherine’s selfishness to have it all, which brings misery and misfortunes to everybody around her, and it is not limited to just Heathcliff, Edgar and Isabella but even the next generation of Hareton, Linton and Catherine. How one may ask, when she dies before she even gets know the next generation? Well, she is responsible for Heathcliff being cruel to the children as he tries to take revenge on the people Catherine had manipulated in her selfishness to gain the best of both worlds. In this paper, I will demonstrate how Heathcliff’s cruelty is a direct reaction to Catherine’s selfishness.