Abigail Williams Essay

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The Mysterious and Complex Life of Abigail Williams Abigail Williams was only about 11 years old when she and her friends went into the woods at the dark of night with an African slave named Tituba. Reverend Samuel Parris, Abigail’s uncle, caught the girls dancing “naked” and that was considered a sin in their religion. Parris, the minister of the village, questioned Abigail about this twisted behavior and that’s where all the trouble began. Abigail and Betty Parris were the first two girls to start accusing people of being witches. The girls did this to keep the attention off of them and avoid punishment. These harsh accusations on innocent people caused twenty deaths in their village. Abigail then became one of the many “witnesses” in the court. As soon as someone starts to suspect her of being a witch or performing witchcraft, she always manages to turn the blame back on them, whether it’s through lying or exaggerating a mysterious action. For example, she outs the blame on Tituba, who confesses to performing witchcraft. She also accuses poor Elizabeth Proctor who is the wife of John Proctor. John gets hung later in the story while his wife has to deal with her pregnancy of their first child together. It was rumored that Abigail had had an affair with john while she served as a maid for the couple. Abigail was very good at manipulating people and uses that trait as an advantage in the story. Abigail Williams was a real person in this time period. She was the definite leader of the group of young girls who started the mischief in the village. Although, there was no real facts that she had an affair with John Proctor. After the Salem Witch Trials came to an end, Abigail moved out of town. It was rumored that she had moved to Boston and made some poor decisions such as becoming a prostitute. She never got married, and continued her life as a
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