Abagail Character Analysis

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Throughout the play, persecution was an outcome of greed. Thomas Putnam a wealthy man is extremely caught up in wanting more land. He wants George Jacobs land so bad he’s starting to blame innocent people of witchcraft so he can take over Jacobs 600 acres. Putnam had his daughter accuse Jacobs of sending his spirits out on her. This led to persecution by George Jacobs being hanged and Putnam ended up getting the forfeited 600 acres. This is clear when Giles Corey said, “if Jacobs hangs for a witch he forfeits up his property- that’s law! And there is none but Putnam with the coin to buy so great a piece” (Miller 186). Putnam wanted Jacob dead so he can have his land. Another character that falls into the theme greed, is Abagail. Abagail uses greed to pursue john after he called off the affair because Abagail wants Elizabeth dead so she can have john all …show more content…

Mary Warren is afraid of Abagail and the girls, and all the girls were scared of Abagail. Mary Warren and the girls ended up turning on john because of Abagail. From the girls turning on john that led to him being hanged and dying from the affair. Another character that fell under the theme fear is Danforth. Danforth is willing to hang 10,000 people to keep his good name. Parris tries to tell Danforth to postpone the hanging because he’s killing too many people, but its Danforth’s way or no way. Danforth says, “but you must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it. There will be no road between” (Miller 186). What Danforth is say is there are good and bad people, there is no in between. If he thinks you’re bad, then you get hanged. If he thinks you’re good, then you stay alive. Danforth feared that he was going to lose his good name if he stopped hanging people so he hangs as many people as he can if he thinks they are part of the witchcraft. Mary Warren and Judge Danforth couldn’t escape their

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