The Crucible: Jealousy

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A person who holds a grudge can be extremely dangerous to the people surrounding them. The outcome of that person’s actions may result in a simple argument or even death. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, one character does exactly this and ends up holding a whole town in the palm of their hand. Abigail Williams was a young teenage girl having an affair with a married man: John Proctor. When Proctor realized that he was neglecting his wife, he broke his ties with Abigail. This caused her to vow revenge on Proctor and she tried to kill his wife Elizabeth. Abigail William’s struggle to gain power over others is a prime example of the play’s theme of jealousy. Abigail’s struggle for power over the Proctors and the people of Salem begins with
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