Examples Of Abigail Williams In The Crucible

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In 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts the Salem Witch trials began. This all started because a group of girl were found dancing in the woods naked and calling for the devil. Abigail Williams was one of these girls. Abigail is not the good girl everyone thinks she is. She has some flaws that include jealousy, mendacity and spitefulness. She is jealous and spiteful towards Elizabeth because she is in love with her husband, John Proctor. Abigail is untruthful when it comes to admitting that she danced in the woods. Abigail is the prime reason that the Salem Witch trials happened and why nineteen people were sentenced to death.
Abigail Williams is very jealous of Elizabeth Proctor because she is in love with her husband, John Proctor. We can figure …show more content…

This makes her have the characteristic of mendacity. Abigail thinks that she is this perfect girl who does no wrong doings. We can see this as she says, “ My name is good in the village! I will not have it said my name is soiled. Goody Proctor is a gossiping liar” (Miller, 1132). She also is conflicted on who she tells the truth to. She tells John Proctor, “ We were dancin’ in the woods last night, and my uncle leaped in on us. She took fright is all.” (Miller, 1139). She is telling John Proctor that she danced in the woods with the other girls, but leaving out the part that they were naked and calling for the devil. Abigail then admits to her uncle that they were indeed dancing, but no witchcraft was being done. She tells him, “Uncle we did dance; let you tell them I confessed- and I’ll be whipped if I must be. But they’re speakin’ of witchcraft. Betty’s not witched” (Miller, 1130). She then goes on to say, “No one was naked! You mistake yourself uncle” (Miller, 1130). So, she admits to the dancing, but is telling everyone they were not doing witchcraft and they were not naked. She is also telling everyone that her uncle is a liar. Not only does Abigail show mendacity she also has a lot of

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