Who Is Abigail A Victim In The Crucible

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The structured Puritan society of Salem, Massachusetts requires the opposite of an ideal life for a teenage girl; no dancing, no singing, and most importantly, no self-expression. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the young adolescent, Abigail Williams creates fear and hysteria by lying about contacts with the devil for her own enjoyment. In an effort to not tarnish her reputation, Abigail tricks authorities into sentencing innocent people to death. Abigail Williams is a clever, controlling young woman who prides herself in deceit. During Act I of the play, the teenage girls of Salem are caught contacting the devil, dancing, and singing in the woods by Reverend Parris, Abigail’s uncle. After conjuring the spirits, Reverend Parris’s nine…show more content…
With little experience, the harlet mistakes lust for love from Proctor. Once Abigail realizes Proctor won’t love her back because he has a wife, she decides to set her up. Abigail plans for Mary Warren, Proctor 's servant and Abigail’s weakest link, to give Elizabeth a poppet. Later in Act II, Abigail charges witchery on Elizabeth because of the poppet. A conversation between Proctor and Mary Warren starts, “You’re coming to the court with me, Mary. You will tell it in the court. (Mary Warren) I cannot charge murder on Abigail. (Proctor)... tell the court how that poppet come here and who stuck the needle in. (Mary Warren) She’ll Kill me for saying that.” (955) Due to Abigail’s intimidating personality, Mary Warren is scared to tell the truth in fear the girls will turn on her, as Proctor is forcing her do. The audience interprets her threats as pity on the girls as they are insecure. They can also see that most of the girls don’t actually believe any of the witchery, they are just doing it in fear of
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