The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play which contains a multitude of complex characters . In the play, the characters’ motivations and inner processes are explored. Because of the historical setting, the characters live in a society of judgement and extreme religious devotion. This is a factor that places any of the characters’ choices and morals in a public balance to be judged by others. Abigail Williams is the main character of the play and acts with an utter selfishness and obsession.
Nicole Schaefer Mr. Becker American Literature October 29, 2014 Two Women for Two Different Worlds In the novel the crucible, Elizabeth, wife of John Proctor, and Abigail Williams, mistress of John Proctor are two main roles. Elizabeth, a woman who is loyal and true, or manipulative and ruthless liar, Abigail. She pretends to see spirits and commands the other girls to pretend as well.
In the play, the Crucible, by Arthur Miller, Salem, Massachusetts was a place of constant hysteria in the 1600s because of what would come to be commonly known as the Salem Witch Trials. This was a full-blown witch hunt for people found to display signs of witchcraft. Abigail Williams was the main person to blame for this pursuit of witches in Salem because, first off, she was the one who caused hysteria about witchcraft just to cover up the fact that
Abigail is willing to accuse any one in her path of witchcraft even if it means taking the lives of those close to her. Abigail Williams’ emotional desire guides her actions even if it conflicts with morality. Abigail williams is driven to do unthinkable things because of her love for John Proctor. Abigail works in the Proctor’s home and while doing so she finds herself attracted to John. Abigail’s obsession with Proctor leads them to have an affair, which they try to keep
John Proctor and Abigail Williams’ affair led to many things. One of the main consequences of their affair was the arrest of Elizabeth, John Proctor’s wife. Abigail has hated Elizabeth for as long as she’s known her, because she wants John all to herself. She loves John and feels as if Elizabeth is the reason as to why she’s not with John. Of course Elizabeth is not the only reason, because John realizes that the affair with Abigail was wrong of him to do.
Abigail is consumed by the idea that John Proctor loves her. She considers that John’s kind actions towards her are more than just lust. Her acknowledgement that it would be a sin for him to love another woman besides his wife reveals that she believes that John Proctor has such deep feelings for her, which are undeniable no matter how wrong it may be. Though Abigail appears to be caught up in her idea of their forbidden love, her romanticized obsession is not enough to prove that her actions are completely motivated by her obsession of
One common question about The Crucible is how Abigail Williams is the most evil force in the play. It is shocking when a girl talks back to authority out of disagreement, but few go as far as Abigail Williams. While she may only be 11 years old, her manipulative and vengeful personality allows her fool her Uncle and later turns a whole town against each other. She is really a master of manipulation and trickery, and she gets herself into affairs without punishment and has threaten all who oppose here. Abigail really is the devil in human form.
(Miller 1244) Even before we know a lot about Abigail we find out that she resorted to “devil work” to try and get rid of John Proctor’s wife. She is still in love with Proctor to a point of destroying her and anyone who gets in her way. Another quote is by Abigail herself that says, “Why, look at my leg. I’ve holes all over from their damned needles and pins.
Abigail Williams: The Conniving Woman of the Crucible The Salem Witch Trials began in Salem Massachusetts in 1629. Many people were accused of being a witch and many lives were lost. In Author Miller’s The Crucible, Abigail Williams is the most to blame for the events of the Salem Witch Trials. Abigail is one of the main characters in the play.
Adolescent minds are the most intelligent kind of mind. A young brain is filled with creativity, imagination and innocence. Though the thought process of a teen is assumed to be selfish there are other factors involved. A combination of these characteristics seems almost dangerous. One would undermine a juvenile to use these qualities to manipulate the court for their own selfish wishes or pleasures. Abigail defies all judgements against innocence as she is the driven evil force in The Crucible.
In the play she has an affair with another character. As is said in Act l by Abigail “John- I am waitin’ for you every night” (Miller 176). In this quote Abigail is telling John Proctor how she waits for him every night. This is Lust. Abigail is wanting John for her own pleasure.
Arthur Millers, “The Crucible”, was written in 1953 about the Salem witch trials that took place in 1692. John Proctor, a small farmer, had an affair with Abigail Williams before the play started. Once his wife found out, she put Abigail out and John ended the affair. Abigail Williams is most responsible for the deaths which took place in the play. She is also one of the main characters because she and the other children of the town cried witchery. She led the group by lying to everyone because she didn’t want to get in trouble for dancing in the woods and summoning spirits, which ultimately lead to the deaths of over a dozen innocent people.
Abigail Williams, the young ring-leader of the witchcraft accusations within Salem, used her influence to help maintain a better shot at claiming John Proctor as her man. She at the time had gotten with him but once she got a taste of John Proctor, she desired more. On page 21 of the play, the exchange between Abigail and Proctor displays her desire for the man. “Since Proctor’s entrance, Abigail has stood as though on tiptoe, absorbing his presence, wide eyed. He glances at her, then goes to Betty on the bed.
John had abigail as his slave and then John’s wife got sick and John slept with Abigail. The night when abigail was practicing witchery, she used Proctor 's wife’s name. Abigail has wanted Elizabeth, Proctor 's wife, to die ever since John and her had feelings for each other. In crucible abigail states, “I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart!”(pg 1232) After a while it seemed as though abigail was obsessed with John.