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Abigail Williams Character Analysis

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In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Abigail Williams, one of the main characters, is the self-centered seventeen year old niece of Reverend Parris who heavily contributes to and drives the plot. Thus far Abigail (also referred to as Abby) has had quite a cataclysmic life. Unsurprisingly, during this catastrophic time of witch trials, Abigail intervenes for her own amusement. Additionally, she gets herself into some trouble lusting after a married man. Miller’s tedious inclusion of Abigail’s significant experiences, traits, and actions form her into the licentious, impostor she is. Initially, the first distinct disclosure of significant events that highly influenced Abigail’s life is her brutal childhood. Unfortunately, when Abigail was younger, she watched her own mother and father be murdered, which she exclaimed while having a rather gruesome conversation with Mary Warren and Betty (149). “I saw Indians smash my dear parents’ heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down” (148). Following this experience, Abigail was filled with anger and vengeance because she lost the only two people she truly loved and knew loved her. This attitude followed her up to this point in the play which influences and explains why she acts the way she does now. After the period of time that she was considered an orphan she was then taken under the custody of her uncle, Reverend Parris, who is not even
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