How Did Abigail Williams Symbolize In The Crucible

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During the late 1600’s in Salem, Massachusetts there was a mass hysteria, because everybody thought their neighbors were witches. The biggest reason for the start to the hysteria was because of a group of girls. Abigail Williams was the leader of this group and scared the rest of them into following her. The girls continued to spread the thought of witchcraft because of their ignorance of what would happen, jealousy, past grudges,fear, distrust, and greed. The group of girls were very ignorant of what was going to happen when they danced in the forest. They thought it was all fun and games at first. The night they were dancing in the forest with Tituba, they were having a great time until Reverend Samuel Parris, found them in the woods. When Parris questioned them, Abigail, confessed that they did dance, but nothing more. When he asked about Tituba, “I saw Tituba waving her arms over the fire when I came on you; why were she doing that? And I heard a screeching and gibberish comin’ from her mouth…” (Miller 1.Line #). Abigail replied that Tituba was only singing her Barbados songs. The girls did not know that their dancing in the forest around a fire with Tituba would turn into such chaos.…show more content…
If a person in the village did not get along with someone, often times they would accuse them of witchcraft just to get back at them. Abigail wanted to get back at Elizabeth Proctor because she was jealous that John Proctor married Elizabeth and not her. Abigail's sole purpose of continuing the witch trials was to eventually kill Elizabeth, so she could marry John. Mrs. Putnam has lost seven out of eight of her children and is jealous of Rebecca Nurse and her large family, so she accused Rebecca of casting her spirit on her

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