The first two acts of the play show how Abigail manipulates others and lies to prevent getting in trouble for what she did. In the first half of the play Abigail lies and threatens others to keep from getting in trouble when her uncle catches her and other girls dancing in the forest. Abigail was caught doing something strictly forbidden in her society and is scared that Betty, Abigail’s cousin, may tell on her and hit Betty. The text states, “Betty, you will never say that again! You will never-’ Smashes her across the face: ‘Shut it!
Abigail hates John’s wife, Elizebeth Proctor. So in the woods with al the other young women in the town were joking around and messing around saying random fake chants to the sprits to kill Elizebeth Proctor, so she could be with John. Lust and jealousy is which sparked this
Abigail believed that Proctor actually loved her and she waited every night for him. She was brainwashed to think he would leave his wife for her. The witchcraft accusation came from the beginning of the story when Abigail and the girls were dancing naked in the woods and chanting. She made false accusations that people in the village were worshipping the devil to cover what she had done. Many lives were taken but Abigail had no empathy for anyone who was hanged.
Abigail’s affair with John Proctor, which had ended seven months previous to the beginning of the play, causes her to be blinded by desire. She uses the witch trials to get revenge on anyone she wants, but her main target is to kill Elizabeth Proctor, John’s wife. Abigail bullies girls in her town to be loyal to her, while she feels no loyalty towards them. One of the girls Abigail bullies is Mary Warren, a servant of the Proctor’s. Mary tries to stand up to Abigail and tell everyone it’s all a lie, however, when Abigail threatens her of witchcraft, she gives up and joins Abigail again.
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. She has “seen reddish work done at night,” (Act 1,pg 27) and I live in fear each night of what she is capable of, often wishing to “never see the sun go down!”(Act 1,pg 27). Abigail’s hands are not clean and have never been. All she is good for, and always has been, is to cause fear and hysteria to the community of
Reverend Parris, worried for his own job, explains to Abigail that her “punishment will come in its time. But if you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it.” Even the idea of witchcraft in Reverend Parris’s house could ruin his reputation in the town and therefore risk his job. By Betty being ‘afflicted’, she is holding power over her own father and his position in the town. She knows that the longer she is asleep, the more desperate her father is going to be blame someone for the witchcraft who is not her. Putnam claims that “There is a murdering witch among us, bound to keep herself in the dark.
The morning prior from the night of the girls dancing, girls began to get ill they blamed witchcraft for the illness. The town decided to call reverend Hale someone who deals with the supernatural, when he arrives, he examined the ill girls, but found nothing supernatural about it until he asked around and revered Samuel Parris admits to seeing his niece Abigail, dancing in the forest with her friends. Reverend Hale demanded that Abigail gives up the names of all the girls who were in the forest at the time. The girls denied of any witchcraft because Abigail violently threatened them. Abigail then admits to seeing the devil and that they were doing rituals, but that she did not want to she then blamed it on Parris’s slave Tituba, Abigail said that she obligated her to.
Abigail oftentimes makes me wonder what people would do in order to have a good reputation. In the play Abigail only cares about herself and what she can do to protect herself. When the girls talk in Betty’s room and Mary shows weakness and wants to tell everyone about what they did in the forest, Abigail gets really angry. She threatens the girls and is not afraid to show what she is willing to do. “Now look you.
Thirteen books of the trials of Blair and Serena, it seemed as if Cecily could not write about anything else. But this book proves you all wrong. Cecily von Ziegesar took a normal story of a good and her horse and twisted it into dark horror story, but not really. See Merritt was a typical trouble girl: she had her issues and instead of facing them she ran away and douse them in a bottle of alcohol. Her horrible friend (Beatrice) was no help to her cause, and the hansom boy gave her the on and off feelings (Carvin).