Abigail Williams: The Real Devil In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Abigail: The Real Devil

“People who create their own drama deserve their own karma” (“People”). This quote is a perfect example of the character Abigail Williams in the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. This play is about people getting accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. One of the main characters, Abigail Williams, confesses to witchcraft, and then starts accusing people of being witches. The other main character, John Proctor, is trying to stop Abigail from accusing people, but in the end he is arrested and hanged for being with the devil. Abigail Williams is a perfect example of the theme evil will come back to haunt the person who commits it because of the way she accuses innocent people of witchcraft, how she tries
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As Abigail is getting questioned about the dancing in the woods, she comes out and says that Tituba was the one conjuring the spirits. Once Tituba says she was a part of the witchcraft, she is pardoned by Reverend Parris and is saved. Abigail sees that if she confesses then she will be safe, so she confesses to Parris:
I want to open myself! . . . I want the light of God; I want the sweet love of Jesus! 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! (Miller 1262) Abigail takes the easy way out. She is so worried about getting in trouble for dancing in the woods and casting charms that she finds a way to get out of that and get in control of the whole situation. She sees the opportunity and seizes it. Now that she is saved from the devil, she starts rambling off names of innocent women to make it look like she is clean, and make the other people look like the witches. Abigail’s accusing keeps on going throughout the entire play. Another time she accuses innocent people is when Judge Danforth starts questioning Abigail’s truthfulness. Abigail tells the
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She is trying to save herself so she is finding anyone and everyone to blame. Abigail sees Reverend Hale come back to Salem, and the next day she decides to accuse his wife to make him look bad. The judges do not believe her because Hale’s wife is married to a minister and a minister’s wife would never become a witch. Both of these quotes show that Abigail is doing evil by accusing innocent people and it will come back to haunt her in the end. It haunts her in the end because she gets run out of town in Act 4 for doing all of the evil. All of the people in the town are starting to realize what Abigail is up to, and they are starting to turn on her. Abigail sees this happening and decides to run away to save her life. Ultimately, Abigail’s desire to do evil could lead to

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