The Crucible (Abigial Williams)

Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, is about the persecution of people being falsely
accused of being witches in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. Many people die in
the village after a series of lies and evil practices. Abigail Williams, after having
had an affair with John Proctor, who is a married man, begins this cycle of lies
and accusations in an attempt to get her lover back. Her character includes both
superiority and resentment throughout the entire novel, and is showed
throughout it as well.
The author shows Abigail’s superiority as confusion from the beginning.
When all of the talk about witchcraft troubles her uncle, Abigail thinks she should
be the authority.Abigail also thinks of herself as superior to the natives of
Barbados. When her uncle discusses her work for the Proctors, she says that
“they want slaves, not such as I. Let them send to Barbados for any of them!”
She is prejudiced against these people and her remarks reveal her snobbishness.
Finally, Abigail’s snobbish character is apparent through her statements to John
Proctor about his wife Elizabeth. She says, “Oh, I marval how such a strong man
[can be with] such a sickly wife”. Abigail obviously thinks highly of herself. She
believes sheis worthy of Proctor’s love, but Elizabeth is not. Abigail shows a
character of superiority by her authoritative, prejudiced, and snobbish remarks.
Of the major characters, Abigail is the least complex. She is clearly the
villain of the play, more so than Parris or Danforth. She tells lies, manipulates her
friends and the entire town, and eventually sends nineteen innocent people to
their deaths. Throughout the craziness, Abigail’s motivations never seem more
complex than simple jealousy and a desire to have revenge on Elizabeth Proctor.
Abigail seems to only be driven by sexual desire and a lust for power.
Abigail is an orphan and an unmarried girl. This could be why she
occupies a low rung on the P…


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