Analysis of Abigail Williams

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Kelsy Chou The Leader of the Role Abigail Williams, in The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is a character that is not always truthful, always get things to her advantage, and always know how to use her power. In Act One of the book, her role is the manipulator of the witchcraft confrontation, and the leader of the girls. During the witchcraft confrontation with Reverend Parris, Abigail denies everything. Her magnificent skills in lying and manipulating are demonstrated throughout Act One. Not only does she deny doing witchcraft, she also manages to accuse Tituba of having full responsibility while she is the one who starts the whole thing. At the end of the chapter, she also frames some other citizens, saying that she sees them with the Devil. Her affair with John Proctor is furthermore exposed to the audience. Betty, Reverend Parris’s daughter, reveals that Abigail attempts to drink blood as a charm in order to kill Elizabeth Proctor, who is John Proctor’s wife. Moreover, when Reverend Parris confronts Abigail about being fired by Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail denies any wrongdoings. She accuses Elizabeth as “a lying, cold, sniveling women” who spreads rumor about to degrade her social status. Abigail’s motivation in the witchcraft is thus revealed, which is jealousy towards Elizabeth. As Abigail successfully frames other people for being responsible about the witchcraft, she further imposes her domination over the other girls. Her domination is demonstrated physically and verbally. Physically, she slaps Betty on the face when Betty accuses her not confessing drinking blood and desiring to kill Elizabeth. Verbally, Abigail threatens the girls, “Now look at you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters. And that is all. And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to

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