Abigail’s Demonstrations of Evil in The Crucuble by Arthur Miller

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Over three centuries ago, many people were put to their torturous death by being falsely accused of witchcraft. Innocent people were accused on a hunch but for no reason. People accused individuals of witchcraft to gain land or items that they wanted. In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, Abigail’s need for Power, love, and attention depict her as an evil individual. Abigail shows her need for power when she threatens the girls to not tell anyone what their plan was when they were dancing in the forest. When Abigail is talking to the girls about what had happened that night, Betty, Abigail’s cousin, shouts out that Abigail wants to kill Elizabeth Proctor to get back together with John Proctor. Then Abigail “smashes [Betty] across the face; shut it!...Now look…all of [the girls]. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters. And…[if] either of [the girls] breathe[s] a word…[Abigail] will come to you in the black of some terrible night and [she] will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder [the girls]” (Miller 18-19). Abigail shows her power best when threatening others to get what she wants. Abigail’s power causes the girls to follow what she says because if they tell someone that Abigail wants Elizabeth Proctor dead, they will be killed or seriously punished. This shows that Abigail is a bitter young woman who uses power to get what she wants. When Tituba was accused of being a witch by Abigail, she starts accusing other people of being witches. Then

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