The Corruption Of Abigail In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Usually when people get power too quickly they end up forgetting what they really wanted and instead do whatever benefits them without thinking of the consequences that can occur. Later on, they may sometimes realize that what they did was wrong and they did what they did because they were powerful and “felt” like they could do whatever they wanted. This is exactly what happened to Abigail during The Crucible by Arthur Miller, she had her heart set on winning John Proctor’s love by getting rid of Goody Proctor in the beginning of the play, but when everyone started to support her in her mission to get “rid” of the “witches” in Salem she started to become a corrupt individual. She then threw away her original idea of getting rid of Goody Proctor …show more content…
In the play Abigail becomes corrupt due to the large amount of power given to her too quickly to “save” the village of witchcraft. She then uses this to do whatever it takes to get John Proctor’s love which is why she takes it too far. During the beginning of the play Abigail’s first starts her descent into corruption by focusing on how to get John Proctor to love her like he did when he had an affair with her. She then comes up with a plan to win John’s heart back and it involves witchery, but she does not care as long as she has a chance to win John Proctor’s heart again. Abigail says to Proctor, “I know how you clutched my back behind your house/ and seated like a stallion whenever I come near! Or did I dream/ that? It’s she put me out, you cannot pretend it were you. I saw/ your face when she put me out, and you loved me then and …show more content…
While the trials were commencing Abigail was accused many times of lying and getting most of the town’s girls to support her. Abigail held her ground and denied it because most of the people in the town supported her and this led her to believe she was a hero. This further corrupted Abigail 's mind to come up with a whole new plan to save her skin from being known as a town liar and to become famous after the trails because of how “heroic” and “brave” she was to help get rid of all the “witches” in Salem. For evidence that this was her intention during the trials Abigail once said,”Let you beware, Mr. Danforth. Think you be so mighty that the power of hell may not turn your wits? Beware of it!”(100) while being accused of making this whole thing up by Mary Warren. She ends up saying this because she wants to convince Danforth that Mary Warren is the real liar and is helping the Devil which is why she came to talk about the “truth” at that moment then before the trials commenced. This further supports that Abigail would take things into such extremes so they would not punish here for making this giant problem that was never there in the first place but others who tried to tell the truth and others who she hated. Another

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