Abigail Williams: The Conniving Woman of the Crucible The Salem Witch Trials began in Salem Massachusetts in 1629. Many people were accused of being a witch and many lives were lost. In Author Miller’s The Crucible, Abigail Williams is the most to blame for the events of the Salem Witch Trials. Abigail is one of the main characters in the play. She is eighteen years old, she had an affair with a man named John Proctor, and she cannot be trusted.
“Life, woman, life is God 's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it” (Miller 132). In the months of February 1692 to May of 1693, more than 200 people were falsely accused of witchcraft, 20 of them being brutally executed, including two dogs, creating a craze for witchcraft hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Abigail Williams, a twelve year old girl, is seen as the initiator in Salem’s trials. In the 17th century, women’s rights were faint, as women were seen as the weaker link of the two genders. So when Abigail Williams was asked who afflicted her cousin, Betty, she was quick to point fingers to her uncle’s Barbadian slave, Tituba.
The witch trials started when Abigail and the girls started accusing the other women in Salem, Sarah Good, Rebecca Nurse, and Elizabeth Proctor. Abigail’s main goal was to have Elizabeth dead at her feet. She was so drunk from the power she acquired and her love for John, that she didn’t think her plans through. One by one, the people accused were sentenced to hang. Due to her mistakes, even her beloved John Proctor was now sentenced to be hanged.
With little evidence to prove innocence, confessing or hanging were the only options. The people of Salem see Abigail as a perfect person, but we know that she is far from it. She truly outsmarts the town with her witty lies, persuasion of everyone, and she gets power and money by any means necessary. Abigail lies her way through all the problems she faces. It starts with a simple lie of defending herself of the accusations of witchcraft, but will spiral out of control as the novel and her lies progress.
Clearly Abigail will say or do anything to avoid punishment as she makes her final marks during the trials last legs. Nobody's acts had such a profound and deep effect on herself, the girls and the Proctor family. As she really only looked out for herself, she ruined many lives, certainly nobody
In Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”, Abigail is most to blame in the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem Witch Trials is based on a period of time where the devil’s work has found its way into the Christian city of Salem, causing everybody accused of witchcraft to confess, or be hanged. Abigail, a teenage girl at the time, has fell madly in love with a man by the name of John Proctor. John is a married man, but in his past he has had an affair with Abigail which nobody knew of. Abigail’s immaturity shows throughout the story, along with major jealousy over Elizabeth Proctor, John’s wife.
She was a very manipulative girl throughout the whole trial, she accused many and lied about a lot. She not only forces the girls to lie but forces herself too. On the other hand some, more than others, do think that Abigail Williams is nothing but an innocent girl or child. These might have created this opinion based off of her past filled with great trauma and tragedy. She witnessed her parents being murdered with her own two eyes and at such a young age.
During the late 17th century a total of 200 people were accused of participating in witchcraft, while 19 people lost their lives to the mass hysteria. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, a group of girls start a huge uproar in Salem, Massachusetts when they start screeching about Salemites being associated with the Devil. Throughout the play write, it shows the consequences of mass hysteria and how it puts people's lives in danger. Abigail Williams causes a wave of mass hysteria and because of her trickery, innocent people have died by her and the other girl’s actions, for this Abigail is the most unforgivable character in The Crucible. Abigail is the most unforgivable character because of her actions that forced innocent people to get hurt.
It lead her to being held responsible of the Salem Witch Trials. Indirect characterization is what supports this. It all began with Abigail and a couple of other girls dancing through the woods. One of them naked running through the woods and then Abby drinking a potion to kill off Elizabeth Proctor. She wanted to kill Elizabeth because she’s in love with her husband, John Proctor.
Me, Elizabeth Proctor! Today the court has conjured with the devil itself by believing Abigail's accusation against my innocence. She has tied a blindfold of deceitful lies over your eyes, and my lone intention is to let you see again. To let the light of God sheen upon the city of Salem once again. Abigail is not all she seems, to the citizens of Salem;