Abigail Williams The Crucible

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The word “crucible” is defined as a severe test or trial, OR a vessel that can withstand intense heat and is used for melting substances. However, it’s best to describe it using the word “and”, rather than the word “or” in the means of the characters in the book. The word “crucible” is defined as a severe test and trial, AND a vessel that can withstand intense heat and is used for melting substances. In “The Crucible”, two characters really stood out that either showed the qualities of a crucible, or was a complete opposite. Abigail Williams displayed the characteristics of a crucible as a noun when she wouldn’t succumb to the pressure opponents were giving her. On the other hand, Mary Warren exposed herself as the complete opposite of a crucible …show more content…
Under all of the pressure she was put under to tell the truth, she would not budge whatsoever and stuck to her lies. Abigail was the start of hysteria in Salem with her lies about other beings being with the devil. She claimed she saw the many people that were accused, with the devil himself. Obviously, she was lying to keep herself from being accused, and to harm the ones she didn’t like. “I danced for the devil: I saw him; I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss his hand. I saw Sarah Good with the devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the devil!,” said Abigail Williams. This is the very thing that started the witch hysteria. She stuck with this lie. Her and her “clan” went around saving their own selves from being accused by lying and pretending they see spirits with the devil. In fact, she kept this up, even when Judge Danforth tried to break her. “Abigail I bod you now search your heart and tell me this- and beware of it, to God, every soul is precious and his vengeance is terrible on them that life without cause.” As the judges keep confronting her for lying, Abigail performs yet another act to save herself. “I-I know not. A wind, a cold wind, has come,” said Abigail. And her clan follows, “Mary, do you send this shadow on me?” Naturally, the judges believed their act, and Abigail has won yet again. She refused to give up and get herself in trouble, despite the heat of the judges, therefore, she kept

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