Name: Karlos Mohareb Hour: 6TH Class: Comm 10 The Crucible Paper Character: Abigail Williams Abigail Williams was born on July 12, 1680. She and her cousin Betty Parris were the first two accusers in the Salem Witch trials of 1692. She was working as a prostitute and she was living with her uncle Samuel Parris in Salem. Abigail is a mean and vindictive person who always wants her way, no matter who she hurts. She is responsible for the deaths of those innocent puritans who died during the witch-hunt because of three reasons: First she is jealous.
This leads into the deaths of the innocent people who are accused and automatically found guilty. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, the people of Salem are responsible for the witch hysteria. The person with the most influence on the hysteria is Abigail. In the past, Abigail had an affair with John Proctor. She gets jealous when Proctor leaves her to go back to his wife, Elizabeth.
The characters that break these sins are Deputy Gov. Danforth, the person sentencing accused witches, Abigail Williams who is a self claimed victim of witchcraft and John Proctor, a well known man who is falsely accused of witchcraft.. Danforth broke the sins of pride and sloth, John Proctor breaks sins of lust and pride and Abigail Williams breaks sins of lust and gluttony. The character Abigail Williams sinned profusely in the play The Crucible. A couple of sins she committed were lust and gluttony. A direct example of Abigail expressing lust is on page 176 “John, I am waitin’ for you every night.
In this case Abigail used the witchcraft hysteria to cause Elizabeth to be sent to jail. Parallels can be made to any period in time where people abused their power or influence to wrongly persecute innocent people
After a protracted discussion of the topic of who is to blame for the demise of Macbeth, the blame has come to rest upon the Three Witches. Within the play Macbeth, the Witches have done numerous things to cause the demise of Macbeth; influenced him through prophecies and apparitions, spurred his killing spree and manipulated him. From the outset, the Witches show Macbeth prophecies which lead to his downfall. These prophecies are the root of Macbeth’s misfortunes and evil doings, push Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to act upon their evil thoughts, and alter Macbeth from a loyal soldier to a traitor. First and foremost, the Witches were the root of Macbeth’s misfortunes and evil doings.
THE CRUCIBLE Character analysis Abigail Williams – Abigail Williams is an orphan, unmarried but has an affair with married man John Proctor. From the start of the play Abigail is a villain, she tells lies and manipulates everyone to fit her own little world, all so she gets her way, to get revenge on Elizabeth Proctor. Throughout the hysteria Abigail is driven by sexual desire, lust for power and jealousy. All of the young girls in Salem have no authority, the minister and other male adults are God’s representatives. The trials start, in which the girls act as though they have a direct connection to God, led by the now powerful Abigail.
Gillian MacDonald 21 March 2013 ENG 4U Mr. Chalmers The Ringleaders of the Salem Witch Trials In the book The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the theme of hysteria is dominantly present throughout the entire play. It is not hard to narrow down the cause of the widespread hysteria to three people that inevitably had their hand in the trials. The devious character, Abigail, shows her wicked mind and skill of manipulation in the play so she can get what she wants, John Proctor. The slave, Tituba, gave into the accusations and started the hysteria of the witch trials. The last character that contributed to an entire town’s belief in witches would be Danforth.
In an endeavor to execute an innocent woman, Abigail Williams falsely accuses the wife of John Proctor of witchcraft in order to have a future with her husband. Abigail gains the power to accuse other women of witchcraft because she was supposedly a witch who worked for the Devil. She is then given the power of a deity and is once described as a “saint”(50) and when “Abigail brings the other girls into the court, and where she walks the crowd will part like the sea for Israel”(50). Once she gains this unforeseen amount of power, Abigail uses her power by seeking vengeance on Elizabeth Proctor, in an attempt to have her killed and out of the way, because of her sexual desire for John Proctor. She even says, “It’s she [Elizabeth] who put me out, you cannot pretend it were you”(21).
The Crucible: If you were told there was a witch among you how would you react? Would you panic? Or would you not care? My name is Alexandra and these are my associates Amy and Melissa. Our theme is mass hysteria and conformity.
The three witches are to some degree responsible for Macbeth’s demise. In Shakespearean era, the people were increasingly preoccupied with witches and witchcraft. They acknowledged witches and their supernatural powers. Thus Macbeth Becomes by predicting that Macbeth will be king, prompting him to become king at all cost. Nevertheless, it is the innate evil in Macbeth that makes him curious about their predictions.