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Character Analysis Of Abigail Williams In The Crucible

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In the play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, the characters are driven by certain motives to make them seem less guilty during the witchcraft scenario. However, Abigail Williams is motivated, not to seem less guilty, but to redeem her most wanted desire: John Proctor. She does not matter who she has to get through or what she has to do in order to become Proctor’s wife. During the play, Miller validates that Abigail Williams’s flaws-lust, vengefulness, and jealously- makes the audience believe that she was the cause of most of the chaos during the witch-hunt in Salem. First, Abigail’s heart is filled with lust after her affair with John Proctor. As a result of this action, Abigail “wait[s] for [John] every night” (Miller 23) and hopes that he “look[s] up at [her] window” (24). Abigail had this affair while aiding as a servant to the Proctor family. She fell in love with Proctor, but once Elizabeth found out, she fired Abigail. However, this did not stop Abigail from wanting Proctor, but in fact made her want him more. Her lustful desire stops at nothing and wants to marry Proctor. Proctor, regardless of what Abigail was feeling, did not want to continue their talks and denied their affair by saying: “I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again. (…) We never touched, Abby” (24). She did not listen to him and continued to listen to her heart. I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! […] And now you bid me
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