Abigail Williams Character

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Character Analysis of Abigail Williams “Everybody has the ability to be manipulative, to be hateful and deceitful” (Neil LaBute). This quote in itself speaks volumes when it comes to Abigail Williams and the people in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Abigail Williams is a main character in the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Abigail is a dynamic character. In the beginning she was an innocent girl that turns into revengeful girl who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Through Abigail’s characterization as manipulative, dishonest, and vindictive, Miller shows how one girl can create so much fear in one town. Abigail knows how to get what she wants, when she wants it. She is a magnificent manipulator. There are many instances where…show more content…
All the anger builds up and she becomes very vindictive. Abigail wants to get revenge on Elizabeth, which is ironic because it looks like it would be the other way around. When Abigail and the girls are in the woods with Tituba, Abigail drinks blood to try and kill Elizabeth so she can then marry John (Miller ). This does not kill Elizabeth Proctor. Later on one day Abby sees Mary Warren, who now works for the Proctors, sewing a Poppet for Elizabeth. Mary sticks a needles in the stomach for safe keeping and Abigail sees her do this. Later that day at dinner Abigail stabs herself at the table. She tells everyone that Elizabeth sent her spirit to stab her and that she has a poppet with a needle in it (Miller 35 and 36). There is now a warrant for the arrest of Elizabeth, but she is not killed. None of Abigail’s plans for revenge worked. Abigail caused a lot of problems in Salem in 1692. Her awful childhood and her wanting to be John so badly turned her into this manipulative, dishonest, and vindictive girl. Abigail seemed to be so innocent to everyone in the town, but all the other girls knew she was not. Abigail wanted to be treated like woman, but she had to do so many childish things to get what she wanted that no one would treat her like a woman. Abigail Williams leaves town in the end and steals money from Parris, no one knows where she went or what she went to
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