Essay On Abigail In The Crucible

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Abigail, Reverend Parris’s niece, is miserable because she can not control her love for John Proctor. Also, she can not control that John Proctor is already married and that Abigail can never have any importance in John’s life. When writing the play The Crucible, Arthur Miller, the author, could choose how he wanted the characters to be. He could choose each character’s background, beliefs, and their importance throughout the play. Arthur Miller wants for the audience to create their own opinion on the character Abigail. At first he does not give a lot of information on Abigail, but he slowly adds in his own preference through stage directions, other character’s, and Abigail’s own dialogue. The first technique that Arthur Miller uses to prove…show more content…
However, this is inaccurate because Arthur Miller shows that Abigail is controlling through her own dialogue. Here Abigail threatens Mary Warren, Betty, Mercy, and other girls. She shows here that if anyone tells the truth about what really happened in the forest, she will kill them. This is one opportunity for the audience to see the evil in Abigail. Also, for the audience to feel threatened themselves and to feel frightened or surprised to see Abigail's true colors underneath all of her lies. Danforth is questioning Abigail and begins to become suspicious of whether or not Abigail is telling the truth, when Abigail changes subjects to ensure that the court will side with her. It is now clear to the audience what Abigail is trying to do. Abigail lies and misleads the court to believing that there is still witchcraft around. All of Abigail's followers that are too afraid to go against her in fear of being killed, are going along with Abigail about the wind that supposedly Mary Warren sent upon her. With more than just one girl acting upon the coldness the court begins to believe in Abigail again. Mary Warren now stands no chance. In addition, Abigail comes up with more false information as the play goes on. Her stutter in the beginning of her quote proves that she does not know what to say next. Arthur Miller uses Abigail's own dialogue to persuade the audience of her antagonist
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