The Crucible Abigail Williams Character Analysis

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The “Crucible” by Arthur Miller is a dramatic characterization of a community set in Salem, Massachusetts in the year of 1692. The characters in this wicked yet brilliant play are a group of inhabitants who believe in their own sanctity. This belief however, as you will see, has a consequential backlash when a teenager; Abigail Williams involves herself in the mystery of witchcraft and begins to spread rumors amongst the villagers. With her lies, infidelity, and unstoppable urge to turn the town of Salem upside down, one by one Abigail exposes secrets, uses violent force, and creates complete conflict throughout. She claims she is just an innocent teenager. However, as the story unfolds, Abigail is truly a despicable character and is ultimately responsible for a number of murders, trials against the innocent and eventually crosses the boundary of outright evil.
In the beginning, Abigail Williams, a former house servant to the Proctor household, begins her villainous behavior after being kicked out of the Proctor home as she was accused of having an affair with John Proctor. She takes refuge with the Reverend Parris, Betty and Tituba. Reverend Parris is the minister of Salem’s church. When the Reverend finds his daughter, Betty ill, he calls the Doctor in town to visit her; at the same time he begins to hear stories of Abigail and Betty dancing in the woods near the forest. The forest was known as a place of evil. This type of behavior was forbidden by the church
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