Abigail's Motive In The Crucible

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The Puritans have an extremely strict and religious way of life. They do not accept any forms nor signs of witchery. Although Puritans, John Proctor, and Abigail commit a sin in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible; Thus, leading to the Salem witch trials. Abigail is responsible for the deaths of innocent puritans in Salem during the witch trials, in which 20 people were accused and executed for being a witch. She is the first to cry out witchcraft, which give her complete control over the situation, Yet, John Proctor only plays a small role in this nonsense. Abigail starts this error of the “Witch Hunt.” One of her motives to start this is from revenge, “[you drank blood], You drank a charm to kill John Proctor’s wife! You drank a charm to…show more content…
In the Crucible Abigail appears to be powerful and the head of all this non-sense. Whatever she says go. So at the end of the day, she could end this at any time. Elizabeth states “…Abigail brings the other girls into the court, and where she walks the crowd will part like the sea for Israel. And folks are brought before them, and if they scream and howl and fall to the floor – The person’s clapped in jail for bewitching them” (miller ). The court felt that God sent her down to expose all of the devil’s witches., like god sent Israel. Although she was not sent by God. One might say that the girls also play a part in this; because they could come out and admit their frivolous cry of witchcraft. However, they cannot.Abigail threatens them “…we danced…and that’s all. And mark this let either of you breathe a word or edge a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the middle of some terrible night, and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shocker you…” (miller 1244). Abigail threatens the girls to lie for her. She has a lot of power over these girls, she is the boss. She does not want to take any chances of getting caught. This just goes to show how much Abigail control this situation, and how far she is willing to go for the one she
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