So when Abigail Williams was asked who afflicted her cousin, Betty, she was quick to point fingers to her uncle’s Barbadian slave, Tituba. Due to the actions following, Abigail realized she had gained a voice in society and she, along with a group of three other girls, began accusing multitudes of others during the fifteen month time span. Several innocent people were hanged in Salem village, all because four young girls had caught wind of power. Due to the social structure of Salem, Massachusetts, the witch trial hysteria thrust into action. The social structure is to blame for the witch hysteria ever occurring in Salem because if the girls had not been so attention starved, due to lack of power, then they would have never thought to even begin
Although many characters participated in the Salem witch trials, Abigail Williams was the main source of the consequences. From her threats to the Salem girls, they followed her into doing wrong. In The Crucible, Abigail threatens the girls that if they mention anything to anyone, then she will hurt, or ultimately kill, them at night. Because of this, all the girls, who took part of the witchcraft that one night, did as she told them and accused those who she accused. Abigail and the Salem girls' pretense caused an uproar of mistrust and allegations towards innocent people, which caused their reputations and lives to go down.
When a person does something they shouldn’t be doing, they’re definitely going to be scared of the consequences behind it. Due to this, people will lie or do whatever it takes to save themselves. Furthermore, acting innocent and putting on an act that they didn’t do anything. Abigail Williams was in that situation and it lead her to no good. It lead her to being held responsible of the Salem Witch Trials.
She accuses or witnesses how innocent after innocent is sentenced to death or to a long time in prison. She managed to infiltrate herself into the justice system and convince the court of her lies, and then the court forces the people to either accuse neighbours or friends or to risk being hanged. Mass hysteria takes on the village,changing the social landscape completely, destroying friendships,families and taking human lives. Abigail just sits by through all of that, being more motivated by seeing her plans succeed and she enjoys the power her lies obtain her. This exemplifies that Abigail does not have love or simple lust, she is not just a bad person, but that she has pathological obsession and is living in her own mind, still thinking that John will come back to her and that would be the ultimate fulfillment of her
Mistakes were made after Reverend Hale said,”When you were with the devil who did you see with him”(1-143.144). At this point, Abigail William is speechless, but then she starts to blame people. Also it doesn’t matter what Abigail says, because she is a witness of witchcraft, so she will save her own tail besides saving others. Reverend Hale is asking specific questions, forcing Abigail to lie. This is wrong because Reverend Hale is refueling Abigail Williams thought process with lies.
Abigail’s lies carry her through the entire trial and allows her to put several people to death because the court believes her. Mary tries at one point to tell the truth but when the group of girls start behaving crazy she panics and goes back on her statement. Due to all of her lies and accusations Abigail has caused the love of her life, Proctor, to be charged. In the end because of Proctor being guilty, Abigail leaves Salem because her quest for his love is over. The girl’s decisions throughout the courtroom drama ended up changing their communities’ future and the people’s lives in
She has bad name in Salem, Abigail is known as a person who causes problems everywhere she goes. Abigail William is an intelligent girl, she knows how to take control over people and forces them to follow her or do whatever she commands. She used to work as a servant at Proctor’s household and have an affair with him. Throughout the whole play, her allegation and dishonesty cause many people to be in pain and face difficulty. She does not seem to care about other people beside herself and Proctor.
With Abigail's careless act, the town is in despair, every time she would create a lie it would turn people against each other. Even when these group of people have been living with each other years, with one action from Abigail they are automatically believing each person is associated with the Devil. Questioningly, Abigail says “Why? Why do you come, yellow bird?” (Miller.3.991). Once again, Abigail uses spectral evidence to get her way.
Instead of interrogating Abigail, he is silenced by her which most likely shows that he has accepted her demand of not being judged. At this point, there is a flip in power dynamics at the witchcraft trials, Abigail has overpowered Danforth in courtroom. Judge Danforth an honorable Judge of the supreme court has easily been dominated by a seventeen-year-old Abigail, proving that he is gullible to her lies. Lastly, right after the Andover witchcraft trial revolt, Abigail runs away and also steals Reverend Parris’s money (The crucible). The sheer act of fleeing away shows a sign of guilt and fear of punishment along with her act of stealing Reverend Parris’s money clearly speaks a lot about the criminal character of Abigail Williams.
Abigail is fearful that the town will find out that she drank blood so she tells the girls that if they say anything “[she] will come to [them] in the black of some terrible night and [she] will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder [them].” (20) Abigail can not risk having the town find out that she attempted to kill Proctors wife so she turns to threatening the girls in order to silence them. When Proctor confessed, he did not falsely accuse his friends or his enemies to make his confession more realistic, he did not need to hurt others like Abigail did. Abigail is concerned with what the entire town thinks of her while Proctor’s concern is what him and his wife think. Proctor turned to his wife for help when he was debating if he should save his life. Proctor wanted Elizabeth’s approval, he wanted to please her.