Analysis Of Abigail Williams In The Crucible

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Who Is To Blame in The Crucible
(A Character Analysis of Abigail Williams in The Crucible)
Arthur Miller, the author of The Crucible, once said “Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.” In his play The Crucible, there are many examples of betrayal and mass hysteria in the play and there are many different people who cause each. But, as in each tragedy, there is always one main antagonist. Some would say John Proctor is responsible for all the wrong done in the play. He is to a point, but there are three reasons why Abigail Williams is solely to blame in The Crucible.
The first piece of evidence that Abigail is guilty of the outcome of The Crucible is that she seduced John Proctor. This was also his fault because he knew what he was doing,
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Mifflin furthers this theory by stating, “In order to avoid severe punishment for casting spells and adultery — not to mention attempted murder when she plots Elizabeth's death — Abigail shifts the focus away from herself by accusing others of witchcraft.” Abigail acts out of anger and convinced love, causing physical and emotional scars for multiple people, including John Proctor. In Act III, John Proctor confesses, “God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore's vengeance, and you must see it now.” Abigail means to take revenge on Elizabeth Proctor, and as soon as John Proctor realizes this, he takes action towards protecting his …show more content…
John may have had an affair with Abigail, but she took it further by accusing multiple men and women of witchcraft and sealing their fate. John never meant for any of this to happen, although Abigail knew what she was doing and did it deliberately anyway. Rios says, “Abigail is vengeful, selfish, manipulative, and a magnificent liar. This young lady seems to be uniquely gifted at spreading death and destruction wherever she goes.” This statement is a fact and describes the cause of the deaths. In Act III, Abigail WIlliams practically confesses to being a witch, “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.” But immediately afterwards accuses more people of being in touch with the Devil. She only confessed to save her own life, and ruined many others in the

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