Character Analysis on Abigail

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Character Analysis: Abigail Williams Arthur Miller The Crucible Abigail Williams is the vehicle that drives the play. She bears most of the responsibility for the girls meeting with Tituba in the woods, and once Parris discovers them, she attempts to conceal her behavior because it will reveal her affair with Proctor if she confesses to casting a spell on Elizabeth Proctor. Abigail lies to conceal her affair, and to prevent charges of witchcraft. To avoid severe punishment Abigail shifts the focus away from herself by incriminating others of witchcraft. This frantic act of self-preservation soon becomes Abigail's way of influence. Abigail's character to discard Puritan extroverted boundaries sets her apart from the other characters, and eventually leads to her downfall. Abigail is independent, believing that nothing is infeasible or beyond her grasp. These admirable qualities often lead to cleverness and a thirst for life; however, Abigail lacks a conscience to keep herself in check. Abigail is precisely diametrical to Elizabeth. Abigail represents the repressed desires that all of the Puritans possess. Abigail is wicked and confident and is not fearful to take control of situations. This is shown when she is with Parris, Abigail is courteous on the surface but she hides her anger and disrespect. She talks back to defend her name and in Act One, she suggests to Parris," Uncle, the rumors of witchcraft is all about; I think you'd best go down and deny it yourself." She is also aggressive and forceful, the other girls are afraid of her. When Mary Warren suggested that they should confess to dancing in the woods. Abigail threatens them, "...I have seen some reddish work done at night and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!" Another characteristic of interest is how Abigail acts as a catalyst for the Salem witch trials. She was the one to
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