Once he realises the girls had been lying his opinion becomes the truth, which is proven as truth as the play finishes. One such example is when Mary Warren accuses the girls of lying. While defending themselves the girls scream saying Mary is sending her spirit at them “She’s going to come down she’s walking the beam” (1211). Hale sees no such bird in the courtroom, and Mary Warren keeps telling the girls to stop. With all of this happening Hale sees the girls just lie about seeing spirits.
In the first Act, Abigail manipulates the girls into helping her lie about the forest “incident” in the beginning of the play. "Now look you, all of you we danced and Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam 's dead sisters, and that is all. Mark this let either of you breathe a word and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you." (Miller I, 20). In this quote, Abigail becomes aware of what she did in the forest along with the girl and threatens them to keep silence if they want to keep their lives.
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 and her group of friends around found in the forest doing witchcraft to get their love interest to fall for the however they are caught by her uncle Parris and instead of confessing and telling the truth she lies to her uncle Parris by claiming she was just dancing. Due to her act Abigail’s sister Betty is unconscious and the whole town is convinced it’s witchcraft, causing mayhem throughout the community also known as mass hysteria. In the book The Tipping point it states “... convinced that he is being contaminated by some unseen evil- in the past it was demons and spirits; nowadays it tends to be toxings and gases.” This is how mass hysteria is starts, a collective illusion which if clearly shown in the play. In the play Abigail proclaims, “She lies! She sends her spirit into me, and makes me laugh at prayer!
No, I cannot, I cannot stop my mouth; It’s God’s work I do” (875). That is until Mary caves under the pressure and accuses John Proctor of being the Devil 's man, so nothing bad occurs due to Abigail. In addition, Abigail tells lies, manipulates her friends and the entire town, and eventually sends nineteen innocent people to their deaths. Throughout all of the hysteria, Abigail’s motivations are based off of a simple jealousy and a desire to have revenge on Elizabeth Proctor. There are a few background
He does not think he will have any trouble ridding Salem of its troubles. When Hale starts his investigation of Salem he begins to believe witchcraft could be responsible. When Parris tells Hale about the night he found the girls dancing in the forest, and Hale tells Parris that he wants to talk to those girls. Once Hale starts asking the girls what happened in the forest, they think they might hang for witchcraft. Because they think they are in danger of being hanged, the girls begin to beg forgiveness from God and confess to Hale who they saw with the devil.
She sewed a poppet for John Proctors wife while she was in court and left the needle in her stomach. Later on, Abigail fell out of her chair at diner claiming to be stabbed in the stomach. Reverend Hale goes to the Proctor home only to discover Elizabeth's poppet had a needle stuck in its stomach. This led him to believe Elizabeth had a voodoo doll and was in fact performing witchcraft. Mary Warren proves she is in fact a scared character when John Proctor instructs her to go inform the court his wife is innocent and she refuses to, stating, “I cannot, they’ll turn on me” (Miller
The Crucible remains important in society today because the hysteria portrayed in the Salem Witch Trials has potential to corrupt our society/America like it did back then. All it takes is just one lie to create chaos and even the lives of others ripped from their hands. In the Crucible it all started because of Abigail, she was out in the woods dancing, doing witchcraft, and drinking blood. She did all this trying to cast a spell on Proctor 's wife Elizabeth. And she threatens the girls that were there during the dancing that if they go against her story and say more than what they are supposed to she will make them regret everything and say they are lying and no one would believe them.
Throughout his conversation with Abigail in Act I his main concern seems to be his reputation as a minister. Rev Parris saw the girls (Abigail, Betty, Mary and other girls) dancing in the woods the previous night. The rumor is Elizabeth Proctor said Abigail’s soul is tainted. Abigail claims the Proctors dismissed her because they wanted a slave and she refused to be treated like a slave. It is being rumored that Betty flew over over the barn.
The two kids never did anything against their mother, but she holds are grudge that stands firm while she drowns. In an essay, Suzanne Green describes Edna's state of mind at the end of the novel as, "incensed that her husband and children presumed that they could “drag her into the soul's slavery for the rest of her days."". (Green) Green writes that Edna is "incensed" with her children, and quotes that Edna believed the kids were holding her soul as a slave. Edna was doomed to unhappiness from the beginning of her children's lives because of these thoughts. She holds an intense anger for the children and is convinced that they were keeping her in bondage and wasting her life.
Mrs. Putnam brings in Tituba and once Abby sees her, she blames everything on Tituba. Once the they get Tituba to admit that she is a witch, they give her all kinds of attention and ask her if there are any other witches in Salem. Once Abigail sees that Tituba has all of this power she wants to jump in on it too so she tells them that she is a witch as well and starts naming off other people in the town that are witches. Betty who has been acting like she’s asleep
The girls “twitched, cried, made odd noises, and huddled in corners” and soon started making accusations about who had bewitched them. One of the first accused was Samuel Parris’ own slave, Tituba. It was unheard of for a Reverend to have witchcraft practiced under his own roof, and Parris could not afford to lose his reputation. Samuel stood by his children in court as they testified against the accused, and he even helped them by testifying against Rebecca Nurse. People thought for certain that if the Reverend was standing with the girls against the so called “evil witches” that there must be a real problem.
Even when things spiral out of control and people start being killed she refuses to fess up in attempt to save people. To top it off when people begin to doubt and turn on her she robs someone and leaves. Without a doubt Abigail is an evil force. The reasons the entire Salem witch trials starts is because Abigail and some other girls try to perform witchcraft. Abigail drinks blood in an attempt to kill
Though Abby wasn’t the only one who was caught, she lied to Reverend Parris so that she would not be hung once witchcraft was being talked about throughout the village. She threatens the other girls to not tell the truth about what truly was happening in the woods. “... We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters. And that is