Analysis Of Abigail Williams In The Crucible

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“I say shut it, Mary Warren!”(20) Abigail Williams is an imperious character in Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible. Known as an orphan girl in Salem, she is just the opposite of what you would expect. She is manipulative; Abigail goes to extreme measures to get what she wants. She is an impeccable liar. Abigail is a natural born leader; she gets other girls in the town to lie in order to protect her word. Abigail Williams began to lie to save herself from witchcraft accusations, but now the lies have become a way to get what she wants: John Proctor. The lust she has for this married man drives her to commit some outrageous actions. Abigail Williams seeks a way to escape the truth of what she was doing in the woods, but the other girls know what really went on. Abigail knows this and becomes a threatening, evil character. When the girls were caught in the forest, they were actually conjuring spirits but Abigail would only admit to dancing. Abigail even drank blood in attempt to kill Elizabeth Proctor. She has threatened to hurt the other girls involved if they do anything to go against her and tell the truth about what really happened. ".....Let any of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other thing , and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring with me a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it....."(20) Reverend Parris does figure out that they were conjuring spirits, but as soon as he
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