How Is Abigail Presented In The Crucible

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Abigail Williams: Femme Fatale The Crucible, by Arthur Miller is based upon the 1692 witchcraft trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem, is a strict Puritan community with an extremely religious society. A victim of this society is Abigail Williams. She has a manipulative and controlling demeanor. Her vulnerable yet strong actions outburst exemplifies the hypocrisy of the witch trials. Witnessing the horrific death of her parents, Abigail, controlled by fright and dissatisfaction is compelled to falsely accuse others creating a distorted, chaotic scene by the end of Act 1. Abigail is a vindictive and mean person. She will do anything or put anyone at fault to have her way. “They want slaves,not such as I. Let them send to Barbados for that, I will not black my face for any of them...”(144)? Abigail is perceived as mean, but deep down she is hurt, so she feels she should hurt others. "...I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down" (148)! This is her way of feeling in control. It is almost as if she must get revenge for the death of…show more content…
They had an one time affair which caused Abigail to become to mentally and emotionally attached. " I know you clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion whenever I come near! Or did I dream that?...I saw your face when she's put me out, and you loved me then and you do now"(149)! She never has had much affection in her childhood or in life at all. When John Proctor shows her affection, she is now in love with him. She can easily interpret him as her lover, but maybe he is more or less a father figure. She just wants to know someone loves her or thinks she is important.”Do not say you love me unless you really mean it, because I might do something crazy and believe it.” She already is mentally unstable and any hint of affection causes her to be infatuated with that

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