In order to avoid severe punishment for casting spells, having an affair and attempting to murder Elizabeth, Abigail shifts the focus away from herself by accusing others of witchcraft. This desperate act of self-preservation becomes Abigail's
In the play Abby tries to do witchcraft to kill John Proctor's wife Elizabeth. She almost gets caught doing it so she accuses many people of bewitching her and got many people hanged. She accuses Elizabeth of bewitching her to kill her. The court will not kill her because she is pregnant but John Procter ends up being hanged because he was accused. In the play Elizabeth the example of good.
She started the rumors of witchcraft in the whole Salem just to stay with John, doing impossible things to keep herself saved and to keep John. Also, Abigail was one rebel, she confronted God with all her acts; people in Salem fear of doing certain things like that. Abigail took advantage by doing that; people had certain fear to Abigail, so they
Mary was afraid of Abigail Williams and didn’t tell the truth fearing that Abigail would hurt her. While, she developed as a character and made better choices for herself. Acts 3 and 4 she attempted to help John try to accuse Abigail Williams of lying about witchcraft in the court. “I-I promise you, Mr.Danforth, I only thought I saw them but I did not’.”(Miller 100). At that point in time Mary Warren and John Proctor both tried to prove Abigail Williams and the other girls of faking it until, act 4 when she backstabbed John Proctor and made her own claim that John Proctor was satan.”You’re the devil’s man.” (Miller 110).
The girls blamed many people of the town of being witches and caused conflict all over the village. People in the village had power by influencing others to lie in order not to receive the consequences of witchcraft. Abigail shows power in the play by influencing the girls and what to say and do. She threatened all the girls she will hurt them if they open their mouth and say the truth. Abigail threatens, “Let either one of you breathe a word, or the edge of the other thing and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will being a pointy reckoning that will shutter you.”(Act 1).
Abigail Williams was the main cause of Salem witch trials because Abigail was the first person to start accusing innocent people of witchcraft. Due to young Abigail actions, 20 innocent people took the calling of death for her actions. how many People do you know willing to lie and cheat the rules to get anything they want .? The fact that twenty people died all because of Abigail craving attention and wanting her own personal gain from accusing others of having spoken with the devil or witchery is insane. I blame Abigail for anything that has happened during the witch trials of Salem.
Abigail and the other accusers blamed others in order to escape criticisms. Judge Danforth, to keep his power and pride, refused to recognize that those accused might not be guilty. Lastly, those who dishonestly confessed to being a witch did so to stay alive. These actions drove the town to panic, and made people scramble to place guilt on someone else as well. Clearly, Salem in the late 1600s was a dangerous place to be, with accusations of witchcraft being thrown around with desperation and
In “The Crucible” Abigail is one of the main characters, because she is dealing with witchcraft. She is lying a lot, for example, she says “Elizabeth Proctor is an envious, gossipy liar!”. She says things about other people, witch are lies, to distract from herself. She is lying about the meeting in the woods, witchcraft and about his love for John Proctor. On account of Abigail other people died in the play, because she shifts the focus away from herself by accusing others of witchcraft.
In order for Abigail's lies to seem genuine, the other girls’ stories must seem the same or quite similar. To make sure the girls lied, Abigail threatened them.”Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters.
Keeping women and young girls from the bulk of society and power made them seek power and rebellion. The girls of the Salem witch trials lie to the society as to not get in trouble. Abigail leads them all in their lies by telling Mercy, “...listen now;if they be questioning us, tell them we danced- I told him as much already...He knows Tituba conjured Ruth’s sisters to come out of the grave...” (Miller 174). Abigail is covering for herself and Mercy by telling everyone all they were doing was dancing in the forest and Tituba was responsible for the rest. By blaming Tituba they are not in trouble because they blame others of witchcraft and forcing them to do so.