The jealousy and greed Abigail has for John Proctor is what inspires her hate for his wife, Elizabeth, and what causes the death of many of the women in Salem due to the accusations of witchcraft. The fear the young girls have of being punished for simple things, such as dancing and small lies, to begin with, is what ulitmately creates a bigger mess and allows them to be manipulated by Abigail. Abigail’s own fear is what causes her to continue creating lies to save her own life. These human emotions were easily avoidable, but the intense devotion to God is what instilled the fear of sinning in the townspeople’s minds, which led to the death of many innocent
Miller best depicts the evils in people through the main prosecutor in the the play Abigail Williams. Abigail is undeniably the most destructive and corrupt individual in The Crucible. Through her vengefulness, threatening her peers, carelessness at others’ expense, and complete disregard for human life, she ensues a tumultuous event to Salem. Abigail’s initial accusation against the town beggar was solely to defend herself from punishment for dancing in the woods.
Even more so, it’s sad to think that Abigail did all of it simply because she wanted John back, and was angry at Elizabeth for being kicked out. On page 1157, Abigail's accusations are put on display, “I saw Goody Sibber with the Devil… I saw Goody Hawkins with the Devil… I saw Goody Booth with the Devil!”. Abigail couldn’t control her mouth, and ran around town accusing and denying to her content. Alan Kazdin talks about lying, “It is unlikely that lying will be completely eliminated, but with the right encouragement, it can be dramatically lessened”. It’s safe to say that Abigail did not have right
Abigail Williams said that Elizabeth Proctor had sent out her spirit and made it stab a needle into her stomach. John believes that Abigail is trying to get revenge on his wife for ending things, but he swears he will do anything to prove his wife’s innocence. Secondly, John Proctor confesses his crime of lechery to protect his wife (Miller, II 1146). John makes sure the court knows about the affair, to show that Abigail is blackmailing him to protect her own witchcraft acts and get vengeance on him. John Proctor’s actions clearly show that he is willing to do anything to protect not only his wife, himself, but the others Abigail and her friends are accusing of witchcraft.
The worst part of this is that John Proctor had a chance to prove Abigail Williams was faking the whole thing and was using it for her own personal gain. Goody Proctor had fired Abigail as their house maid because John Proctor had an affair with her. And he told the judge that she is using the witch craft lie to get his wife killed so that she can be with him. Goody Proctor knows this but when she is brought into court to testify she says “no sir he did not turn from me”(Miller,194) to protect her husbands name. As proctor yells out to her ”Elizabeth tell the truth!
In the first act of the play the Crucible, by Arthur Millar, a few girls are caught dancing in the forest and accused of witchcraft. To save themselves and their reputations the girls, along with other citizens in the town of Salem, start to point their fingers and put the blame on other people. Abigail’s, Reverend Parris’, and Mrs. Putnum’s various accusations all come from their selfish motives. The most subterranean motivation of Abigail is the “love” she has for John Proctor.
Marie’s aunt also uses Voodoo in a bad way because she too is innately evil. She killed her sister out of jealously and rage that Marie Levant, her niece had the gift rather than her daughter Marie-Claire. Her aunt knowingly let her daughter Marie-Claire be a pawn in Allez’s plan of zombification. She embraced the fact of reinforcing devil worshipping, zombification and making the world fear
In the first half of the play Abigail lies and threatens others to keep from getting in trouble when her uncle catches her and other girls dancing in the forest. Abigail was caught doing something strictly forbidden in her society and is scared that Betty, Abigail’s cousin, may tell on her and hit Betty. The text states, “Betty, you will never say that again! You will never-’ Smashes her across the face: ‘Shut it!
John Proctor seemed well respected in the town except he had one deadly secret sin, this being a secret affair with Abigail Williams, who was one of the leading accusers in this story. Abigail’s goal is to kill John’s wife Elizabeth so they may get married. She does this by blaming Elizabeth for witchcraft. In this time period, the ones leading the accusations had the most power due to the fear exhibited by society.
She has an inferiority complex and loath herself. However being the masochist that she is, she takes pleasure from being insulted by her sister who is acting as the Mistress(When Claire was insulting her, She replied “I’m starting. I’m starting to fly” Because those insults would heighten the fantasy of revenge for the mistress to be even sweeter. However in real life, her sadistic nature was curb as she could not kill the mistress just as they planned. When all of their plan failed (to poison the mistress)
In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller was a chaos between the Salem town and witchcraft. This play took place during the witch trails in Salem. Which the witch trials were a bunch of hearings and prostitutions of people accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts in the spring of the year 1962. Abigail Williams was responsible for witchcraft because she was a liar, a manipulator, and an accuser. Abigail Williams is a seventeen-year-old girl.
Power Through A Young Girl “It's always times like these when I think of you and I wonder if you ever think of me”(Vanessa Carlton). Abigail Williams, from The Crucible by Arthur Miller, has trouble letting go of John Proctor with whom she had an affair.(ADJ) Even though Proctor is over Abigail, she will stop at nothing to get him back. Abigail Williams uses fear, manipulation, and lies to get what she wants. Abigail Williams uses fear as one of her tactics to get what she wants.
“She is a cold, sniveling woman, and you bend to her!” (22) In this quote from The Crucible, Abigail is trying to inform John about Elizabeth being the wrong girl for him that way he will love her instead of Elizabeth. However, her plan backfires when John is infuriated with her remarks about his wife and yells at her saying “Do you look for whippin’?” (22) Due to John’s defense for his wife’s name, Abigail is sickened and reveals her love for him in hopes of receiving John’s pity [PaPP].
Imagine living in a world where each day could be your last day on earth. Learning how to appreciate each and every day is crucial, considering there is no guarantee of tomorrow. In Salem, Massachusetts in the year of 1692, many innocent people lost their lives due to ridiculous accusations of witchcraft. The worst part about this was that the people being accused had no way to defend themselves against these so called “victims” of witchcraft. This horrific time in American history has been retold in an exciting, suspenseful piece of literature.
“The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and and a dull spirit at the same time” (Lavatar). This quote is seen throughout The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, in a character named Abigail Williams. Located in 1600s Salem, Massachusetts, a group of troublesome girls started accusing many innocent people of witchcraft, which causes a lot of people to die. Abigail was the main instigator, using her psychotic personality to full advantage while being driven by her love for John. Since she is motivated by her lust for John Proctor, her decision to accuse Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft creates high tensions, restlessness and death by the end of the play.