The Crucible: the Evilness and Selfishness of Abigail Williams

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The Crucible: The Evilness and Selfishness of Abigail Williams

In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, there is one character who, because of her selfish and evil ways, causes the destruction of many people in the town of
Salem. This character is Abigail Williams. In the play, jealousy, and self- interest are the two characteristics that are seen constantly throughout the play. These characteristics pertain particularly to Abigail, and give a graphic description of her life, and how she deals with things in it. Throughout the play she gets worse and worse each time something major happens. After her affair and failure with voodoo, she was overcome by love and jealousy, and she was willing to do anything to get John back to her own
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She beg me to make charm-" Abigail was so desperate to get back John that she even drank chicken's blood to get him back. She drank this blood charm so Elizabeth would die.
Abigail's progression of evilness and her looking for help from witchcraft shows that love and jealousy in large quantities can cause a person to go to what they hate most for help. Abigail goes from her goodness with internal turmoil, to what she was brought up in Salem to fear, and despise: witchcraft. After some thought Abigail realizes that she can use witchcraft to get back John, though not in the way that she had thought before. She believes that the only reason that John is not giving in to her is because of Elizabeth. She realizes that the people of the town are so afraid of the devil, she can use that fear to discredit, and eventually get rid of Elizabeth, thereby getting
John for herself. She also realizes that if she right away accuses Elizabeth, the people would not believe her because Elizabeth is too pious. She decides that if she starts with evil people, and works her way up to the more pious ones to, finally, Elizabeth she will be believed. This chain of reasoning causes the deaths of many of the townspeople in Salem. Many people in the town of Salem think Abigail's doing the right thing by accusing all these people. They don't know of Abigail's scheme and encourages that these witches be given their due punishment. Reverend Hale has a