She threatens the other girls with violence if they refuse to go along with her plans, and she does not hesitate to accuse them of witchcraft if their loyalty proves untrue: “Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you!”(Miller 19). In one of the court scenes, she claims, “Oh, Heavenly Father, take away this shadow!” (Miller 97), to prove that Mary Warren is threatening her with something evil. The hypocritical reference to God in order to trick the individuals in Salem reinforces Abigail’s cunning and devious character and the readers are given a sense of Abigail’s intelligence as she manages to perfectly manipulate the situation to her
She gets accused for forbidden crime witchcraft. She about to be put in jail accused of practicing witchcraft. Abigail blamed her for stabbing a needle in her, using her witch powers. Mary Warren states that Elizabeth was accused,but she defended Elizabeth and the court dismissed the accusation. Elizabeth thinks that Abigail wants to kill her for John because Abigail wants to take her place as his wife.
In the play Abby tries to do witchcraft to kill John Proctor's wife Elizabeth. She almost gets caught doing it so she accuses many people of bewitching her and got many people hanged. She accuses Elizabeth of bewitching her to kill her. The court will not kill her because she is pregnant but John Procter ends up being hanged because he was accused. In the play Elizabeth the example of good.
Giles would soon be crushed by large stones because he would not give up who told him. Some people would be freed from prison like Elizabeth Proctor, others however like her husband John would be hung for not confessing to witchery. Overall the Salem Witch Trials should never even happened, innocent people died in the hands of vengeful parents and crazy children. Many people believe that the Salem Witch Trials lasted several years but in reality it only lasted a few months. Barrett Wendell states in an essay on Cotton Mather’s journal, “It was the great tragedy of witchcraft”.
Instead of interrogating Abigail, he is silenced by her which most likely shows that he has accepted her demand of not being judged. At this point, there is a flip in power dynamics at the witchcraft trials, Abigail has overpowered Danforth in courtroom. Judge Danforth an honorable Judge of the supreme court has easily been dominated by a seventeen-year-old Abigail, proving that he is gullible to her lies. Lastly, right after the Andover witchcraft trial revolt, Abigail runs away and also steals Reverend Parris’s money (The crucible). The sheer act of fleeing away shows a sign of guilt and fear of punishment along with her act of stealing Reverend Parris’s money clearly speaks a lot about the criminal character of Abigail Williams.
All this we can learn from so in the future we won’t make the same mistakes as we did during the witch trials. Just as Abigale lied and sought revenge on John by announcing that she saw Elisabeth working with the devil. As well as not picking her over Elizabeth after their affair. Another good example from the Salem Witch Trials would be Goody Putman calling witch on Rebecca for supposedly sending out her soul to kill all of but one of Goody Putman’s baby’s before they were a day old. Also like how we were so quick to judge and say someone was guilty in a state of panic so that we could place blame and have some reassurance that we will be able to fix the problem.
As a result, many are hung, as they would not confess to consorting with the devil and performing witchcraft. Abigail even goes as far as stabbing herself with a needle to support her claim that “[Proctor’s] wife’s familiar spirit pushed it in” (Miller 74) in the second act. In addition, when Proctor, in defense of his wife, attempts to reveal the truth behind Abigail’s accusation, she manages to bend what she had done onto Proctor, which convinces the judge—Danforth—to convict him. At the end while Proctor is executed, Abigail manages to leave the town with her uncle’s money, showing that she successfully defeated the protagonist by exploiting weaknesses and channeling her
The reason the witch trials began in the first place was because of the lie she told about being in the woods. She didn’t want to tell the truth about what happened in the woods to the adults because she wanted to protect herself. She manipulated the young girls to lie and say they were only dancing, “And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you”(Miller).
Abigail is not one to be scared of death and killing itself. She shows no compassion or concern for any life except her own. Abigail has been accused of threatening Betty when she revealed the truth that she had “drank (the) blood, a charm to kill” me(Act 1,pg 26). Is this not enough, can you not see her sick mind? Abigail is not a newcomer when it comes to death, she has seen” Indians smash her dear parents' heads,” (Act1,pg27) right before her eyes.
Since the beginning of time people have gone through trials in court to either be proven innocent or guilty. In the Crucible by Arthur Miller a massive number of people were being convicted in Salem, Massachusetts because of the witch trials. The law of the land states that everyone is above suspicion until they are demonstrated to be guilty by legitimate evidence; in the play the Crucible if a person was accused of an unlawful act they were summons for being a witch and working for the devil without proper confirmation. Citizens in Salem were imposed to establish their innocent or be put to death, which caused conflicting issues in the village. Therefore, people should not have to prove their innocence.