The Crucible Character Analysis Essay

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Character Analysis – The Crucible by Arthur Miller Character – Abigail Williams Arthur Miller, in his play The Crucible, makes use of diverse character ranges to bring out the strong effect of the story. In Act 1 of the play, each character’s role is introduced in detail. The events are brought through historical references and in relation to one main character, Abigail Williams. The story seems to revolve around the girl as she creates all the havoc after Reverend Parris notices Abigail, his niece, and a group of girls dancing around a fire along with a black slave from Barbados, Tituba, who is also known for conjuring spells. Is Abigail the root cause for the spark of suspicious witchcraft activity in Salem? To begin with, Abigail is…show more content…
In Act 1, she is never open to the audience and never expresses herself or relates to her childhood except for once where she is threatening the other girls. At a young age, Abigail witnessed Indians smash her parents’ heads on the pillows next to hers. This resulted in her distressed teenage life where she spent time defending her family name in the society. In anger, she relates the events that took place long ago to those that she will carry out if any girl from that group disobeyed her. “I want to open myself! . . . I want the light of God; I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!” (Miller I. ) At the very end of Act 1, Abigail confesses to have witnessed the presence of Lucifer, however this benefits her. Her cleaver instantaneous response is very convincing. After confessing, in religious beliefs of Salem, one is free from guilt. Abigail uses this opportunity to her advantage and this shows the classic act of spontaneous intelligence however for an evil cause. In conclusion, Abigail William’s character is one that cannot be judged immediately. At first she may seem absolutely wicked however you should remember that one’s childhood also plays a major role in shaping a good person. Abigail’s childhood represents

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