Goody Proctor In The Crucible

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Abigail is the person to blame for the Salem Witch Trials in Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible. Abigail is a seventeen year old girl. Her uncle, Reverend Parris the minister of Salem in 1692, took her in after her parents were killed by Native Americans. Throughout the story, she fights for John Proctor. Proctor and Abigail have had an affair that very few know about. She wants continuous love and affection, because she is in love. Through her spitefulness, lust, and dishonesty, Abigail shows how she is the cause for this disaster. In order to get John Proctor where she needs him, Abigail does things out of spite to get at Elizabeth. She accuses Proctor’s wife of witchcraft to eliminate her from Proctor’s life. Off the rip, Abigail is basically bashing Goody Proctor. When asked a question about Goody Proctor she responds “a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman” (Miller 12). This shows how Abigail already has built up malice towards Goody Proctor. To make things even better, Goody Proctor is later charged with witchcraft. Who charged her of this crime? “Why, Abigail Williams charge her.”(77) After finding out that Elizabeth was accused of…show more content…
With her lying about being in the woods, all the way down to Goody Proctor, this never would have started without Abigail’s deceit. When accusing Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft she claims “Goody Proctor always kept poppets” (108). She does this so her whole plan can come together. The judges are already believing her dishonest stories so she digs deeper and tells more lies. When police are investigating Abigail’s stabbing incident, Abigail quickly blames Elizabeth and testify “it were your wife’s familiar spirit” (78). She claims that Elizabeth’s spirit pushed a needle into her stomach. She said these things because of her prior knowledge of where Mary Warren keeps her needles for safe keeping. Making Abigail the dishonest child of the
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