Abigail Williams: Abnormal Adolescent Behavior

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During the time of adolescence in one’s life, emotions and feelings become more noticeable to them. It is a time when one begins to search themselves and find out who they are and what their personality is. Sometimes it isn’t easy to portray these emotions and feelings and one might not know how to handle them. In some cases one might portray these feelings and emotions in a bizarre form and it becomes a disorder or a mental problem. In The Crucible by Aurthur Miller, Abigail Williams, the antagonist, displays signs of abnormal adolescent behavior, schizophrenia and shows that she cannot easily handle her emotions. The ways these emotions and feelings are sometimes conveyed are sometimes seen as an outlandish acts and they are better…show more content…
This leads us to believe that she suffers from both abnormal adolescent behavior and schizophrenia in the most severe form. “ You will not! Be gone! Be gone I say! (Abigail, 119) “Why do you come yellow bird?.. Oh Mary, this is a black art to change your shape. No I cannot, I cannot stop my mouth; it’s God’s work I do.” (Abigail, 120) “ Mary, please don’t hurt me (pointing upward) the wings! Her wings are spreading! Mary, please, don’t, don’t--(looking up) Look out! She’s coming down!” (Abigail, 123). These quotes explain some of the things Abigail would “see”. Her friend Mary Warren had betrayed her. Mary wanted to explain to the people why she, Abigail and the other girls were caught dancing in the forest. Abigail saw this as a threat and when Abigail was accused of lying, Abigail claimed she had seen Mary as a yellow bird spreading her wings descending upon her trying to take her soul away from her. Abigail’s actions throughout the story lead us to believe that after a while of pretending to see things, she becomes schizophrenic. In the beginning, the people never really understood what she meant when she had said she saw things. After Abigail had accused people and the accused where being hung, Abigail continued to accuse innocent people. These people were immediately imprisoned. Abigail and the girls would have to come to their trials to prove that these people where witches and other “evil” beings. Abigail put on an act every time

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