The Crucible Abigail Williams Character Analysis

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"The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words." Abigail Williams exemplifies the claim made by Philip K. Dick using her strategic wielding of the truth to gain a favorable outcome for herself. Abigail is an unmarried orphan in the town of Salem, Massachusetts and a complex character that doesn 't fit into the rigid expectations of how she should act, like other female characters in the novel. On the surface, Abigail is may seem to be one-dimensional in her lack of remorse or empathy yet it comes to be understood later in the play that there underlying forces that drive Abigail to take the actions that she does. When things start to go not the way Abigail had planned, she manages to flip the situation into a positive for her and manages to gain a position of power. This allows her to be the most powerful person in the town of Salem, without people even realizing it. In Arthur Miller 's The Crucible, Abigail Williams is manipulative and deceptive and uses her power that she gained through exploitation to spread death and destruction wherever she goes and rationalizes it because of the trauma she has faced. At the beginning of the play, the audience is made to be sorry for Abigail because she is an orphan without support from family members and is portrayed to just looking out for her cousin. Abigail 's conduct tries to convince everyone in Salem that she
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