Another reason their relationship is dangerous is that if John Procter were to prosecute against Abigail Williams saying that she is in fact a witch, Abigail Williams could very easily tell the entire town that she and Procter have been having an affair to get revenge on him. It wouldn’t really affect her too much, but on the contrary, it would ruin his reputation in the town and his relationship with his wife. Later in Act I, Abigail is being “interrogated” by Reverend Hale and she claims “I never sold myself! I’m a good girl! I’m a proper girl!” (Miller 40) in this statement, Abigail is defending herself that she never sold herself to the devil.
How does miller present Abigail as a powerful character in The Crucible? Abigail first shows her power when she is heavily questioned about what was going on in the woods. Abigail starts answering the questions that she is given but soon realises that she will be court and get into trouble. So she uses her power to shift the attention to someone and make people forget about her. Miller presents this when Abigail is asked about the devil and she responds by saying, “I never called him!
Hale claims that Tituba is “‘selected’” and is “‘chosen to cleanse our village’” (848). She knows that by calling out names of people who are the “‘devil’s agents’” (848), she will not be in trouble. She cries out, “and there was Goody Good” and “‘Goody Osburn’” (848), in front of everyone. Being that she is God’s representative to accuse the witches, she has the power to make everyone believe in her. Before, no one will listen or take her seriously to a word she said, but she now has a position of authority from which to name the secret sins of other Salem residents.
Draw back your spirit out of them!” (Miller 191). This is when Mary realized that Abigail has convinced Danforth that Mary is a witch. With recognition that there is no chance of changing Danforths mind and in fear of Abigail, Mary turns on Proctor. She claims that Proctor is “the Devil’s man” and how she “will go his way no more” (Miller 194). Thus showing how fear made Mary eliminate the truth.
When Abigail was talking to Proctor she says “She is telling lies to about me! She is a cold sniveling woman, and you bend to her!”(Page 15, act one) she is basically showing her jealousy towards his wife. This stirred up the witch trials because Abigail wanted to be with Proctor and she would do just about anything. The fact that John proctor realizes all of his flaws and confesses to all of his sins is another reason why he can be considered a tragic hero. When Proctor had to go to the court to get his wife out of being accused of upholding witchcraft he eventually confess to his sins he committed.
Towards the end of Act II he starts to have some suspicion on what is going on because now Elizabeth Proctor is accused of witchcraft. During the middle and end of Act III when John Proctor is testifying and Abigail is doing her hallucination. Hale begins to join John, Giles, and Francis against the court. He sees the truth on why the trials are happening and he tries to help them out. “I beg you, stop now before another is condemned!
When Danforth is questioning Mary about telling the truth in court, she states, "I cannot lie no more. I am with God, I am with God." Mary would tell the truth to a person higher than her, but only when there was no one around to persuade her to do otherwise. Abigail falsely accused Mary of seeing spirits that then led Mary to scream, "Let me go, Mr. Proctor, I cannot, I cannot—“ Mary threw her morals out the window when she realized that if she did not pretend to be possessed, she will be convicted. Mary did not care if she was being dishonest or a hypocrite.
Instead, she continued her false accusations. This all accumulated to a major power trip by Abigail Williams that led to a demolished Salem, Massachusetts. She deserves the most blame because not only did she start the Salem witch trials but Abigail could have stopped
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