All references to witchcraft are connected with fear, suspicion and the collapse of normal social values. In the fervor of the witch trials, Abigail is put on a pedestal by the people of Salem and treated as though she has a direct connection with the Divine. Through cold calculation, Abigail carefully selects the people that she accuses in order to establish her credibility. Thus, she first accuses the town’s social deviants, as she knows the court is already predisposed to convict them. Soon a mere accusation from her becomes enough reason to convict even important, influential people.
Abigail is in love with John Proctor, after their affair she wants nothing but him. Abigail is a selfish and manipulative girl. Abigail Williams stirs up the entire town of Salem against many people, including Elizabeth and John Proctor, because of her selfish personal ambition to be John's next wife, as well as her treacherous lust for the power that she gains by accusing innocent people of witchcraft. When Abigail and John Proctor had their affair, Abigail told John “You loved me John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!, pity me, pity me!” Abigail hates that John
Abigail not only tries to make a charm to kill Goody Proctor, but when this attempt on her life fails, she convinces the Salem court that Elizabeth is a witch. She first accuses Elizabeth, but then sees that an accusation will not be enough. In order to prove Elizabeth’s witchery, Abigail notices Mary Warren making a poppet, strategically places a needle in it. She concludes that it will end up in the Proctor home and serve as evidence of Elizabeth practicing witchcraft on Abigail. Finally, to give reason for the court to search the Proctor home, stabs herself with a needle to assert the poppet’s voodoo doll
An example of this is when Thomas Putman tell his daughter, Ruby, to accuse, their neighbor, Mr. Jacobs, of witchcraft. If people had used evidence instead of just accusations then they would have realized that Mr.Jacobs isn’t a witch, just a person accused for Thomas Putnam's own personal gain. Thomas Putnam's anger toward the town for not getting enough respect is what caused him to accuse an innocent man of witchcraft, demonstrating how emotions can lead to immoral
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.
Warren soon regrets her decision and looks to reconcile. The power she holds scares her and she wished to appease her past deeds od accusing anyone and everyone in the town of witchcraft. Mary works for the Proctors, and her ties seem to cause her guilt when she ultimately accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft and attempting to kill her. To rescind her actions Mary states “ Why, I-I think it is mine. [the poppet]” (Miller 75).
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.
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.
The judge in the novel states that adultery is a serious crime with serious punishments and tries to get John Proctor's wife to admit he committed adultery by asking why she dismissed Abigail from her service. John admits to the crime of adultery to try to prove that Abigail is a liar, and all those people she accused of witchcraft are actually innocent. The judge asks John's wife if he is an adulterer, but she says he is not to protect him because she does not know he has confessed. Even before the Salem witch trials officially started, John told Abigail that he does not love her and that they can not see each other ever again, she still tries to prove to him that he loves her, and she loves him. Abigail also repeatedly tempts John to sleep with her even though he is still married.
Proctor tries to force Mary to tell the truth about Abigail and Mary responds with, “She’ll kill me for sayin’ that”. (Miller, 1180). She fears Abigail and therefore will not testify against them because she knows they will turn on her. Abigail at one point even turns on Mary and accuses her. Abigail’s lies carry her through the entire trial and allows her to put several people to death because the court believes her.