Abigail Williams Essay

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Adonis Phillips Block 4 11 Merit Crucible Essay In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, the main character Abigail Williams is to blame for the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Abigail is a selfish person who always wants her way, no matter who she hurts. Through out the play her lies cause many people pain and suffering, but she seemed to never care for any of them except John Proctor which she was in love with. John Proctor and his wife Elizabeth gave Abigail a job until Elizabeth found out about the affair. Although John told Abigail that the affair was over and he would never touch her again, she tried desperately to get him to " love " her again. "Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I'll ever reach for you again." (Page 23) She claimed that she loved John and that he loved her. Before the play began, Abigail tried to kill Elizabeth with a curse. She thought that if Elizabeth were dead John would marry her. Later in the play, Abigail accused Elizabeth of witchcraft. She saw Mary Warren, the Proctor's servant, making a poppet. Mary put a needle into the doll, and Abigail used that for her accusation. She stabbed herself with a needle and claimed that Elizabeth's soul had done it. Although Abigail claimed she loved John, she may have just loved the care and attention he gave her. John cared for her like no one else had. In a way he could be described as somewhat of a father figure to her. When Abigail was just a child, she witnessed her parents' brutal murders. "I saw Indians smash my dear parent's heads on the pillow next to mine..." (page 20) After witnessing this, she was raised by her uncle, Reverend Parris, who is portrayed as a villain. In the play it states, "He (Parris) was a widower with no interest in children, or talent with them." (Page 3) Parris thought of children as young adults who should be

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