Essay on Abigail Williams 's The Crucible

1473 Words Nov 5th, 2015 6 Pages
Abigail Williams rushes into the woods. She’s angry and knows just what to do about it. Tituba set up the large cauldron and pours in a gallon of thick, dark red blood. Abigail dips a cup into the cauldron and brings it to her lips thinking “Elizabeth Proctor will be dead by morning, and I’ll have John all to myself.” She drinks. Abigail’s faults are quite obvious, but does she deserve the blame of the outcome of the play, The Crucible? Abigail is the one who started the whole paranoid mess that was the Salem Witch Trials, and she deserves all the liability for the outcome.
Firstly, Abigail is the one who started it all. She goes into the woods with Tituba, Mary Warren, Ruth Putnam, Betty Parris, and Mercy Lewis. In those times, the forest was considered a dark place that the Devil lurked (“Abominations are done in the forest…” -Parris, pg. 11), so it is bad enough that a rather large group of girls were heading there in the evening. When they were there, Abigail drinks blood and says a spell to curse Elizabeth Proctor into death, as Betty Parris points out: “You drank a charm to kill John Proctor’s wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!” (pg. 19) Abigail wants to be with Goody Proctor’s husband, John, because they had had an affair some months earlier. Tituba conjures up Ann Putnam’s dead children as well. Abigail says, “Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured up Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters. And that is all.” (pg. 20) Goody…

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