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Abigail Williams Character Analysis

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Act 1

One of the main characters of the play The Crucible, Abigail Williams, is the villain of the play, even more than Parris or Danforth. In Act One her skills at manipulation are very noticeable. John Proctor, who has dumped her after his wife found out about this sinful affair, “Abby, you’ll put it out of mind. I’ll not be comin’ for you no more.” Since she was also dismissed from her job at their house, Abigail becomes increasingly envious of Elizabeth. Abigail always has a different story from what actually happens and convinces people that her story is the truth. One event that happens that displays ...view middle of the document...

The horrible thing is that Abigail is the one who persuaded Tituba to go out and cast the spells. Ever since Abigail's affair with John Proctor, she's been out to get his wife, Elizabeth. Abigail convinced Tituba to put a curse on Elizabeth, hoping to get rid of her and take her place at John's side. It's ironic that Abigail, who encouraged the witchcraft in the first place, is the one who goes around accusing everybody else. Abigail's main skill seems to be finding people's flaws, their weaknesses, and mercilessly manipulating them to her advantage.
Act 2
In Act 2, Abigail Williams has thought over her encounter with Proctor for seven months. The more she thinks about the affair, the more Abigail convinces herself that Proctor loves her but cannot express his love because of Elizabeth. Abigail continues to think about her memories until they accurately portray her as the center of Proctor's existence. Rather than seeing herself as a seventeen year-old who took advantage of a man's loneliness and insecurity during his wife's illness, Abigail sees herself as Proctor's true love and his only choice for a wife. She believes she has only to eliminate Elizabeth so that she and Proctor can marry and fulfill her fantasy.

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