Abigail Williams Influence In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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Abigail Williams’ Influence Is it okay for a person to lie and hurt other people just to keep him or herself safe? In Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, Abigail Williams lies, a lot, to keep herself safe. Throughout the story, many people are accused of witchcraft. When a person is accused of witchcraft, it is very easy for them to get out of the accusation if they lie. The lies that are told shifts the belief of who knows witchcraft,(comma?) and Abigail Williams uses those lies to gain influence over other people. Two of the people who Abigail has the greatest influence over are Elizabeth Proctor and Tituba. The first person who Abigail has the greatest influence over is Elizabeth Proctor. One reason why Abigail has great influence…show more content…
One reason why Abby has influence over Tituba occurs when Abby starts accusing people of witchcraft. Reverend Parris and Reverend Hale interrogate Abby about why the girls were dancing in the woods. She tries to play it off as common dancing, and then she is accused of summoning the devil. She is accused of that because Reverend Parris says he saw something moving in a kettle that was near Abby in the woods. Because of that, Abby decides to blame Tituba so she can get out of trouble: ABIGAIL: “I never called him! Tituba, Tituba . . . She made me do it! She made Betty do it! . . . She makes me drink blood!” (Miller 1259-1260). There is no explanation for any of the weird events going on, and Abigail takes that to her advantage. Abby knows the only way that she can get out of trouble is to blame someone else, so that causes her to blame Tituba. There really is no reason why she blames Tituba, and that is because Tituba could be the first person who comes into Abigail’s mind. Abigail also has great influence over Tituba because Abigail puts a large and believable amount of details in her accusation towards Tituba. After Abigail lies about Tituba being a witch, Abigail makes up a very detailed and false story about why Tituba is a

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