The Crucible - Abigail Motives Essay
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Although being whipped and having all the attention of the town where some of the reasons for Abigail to do the things that she did, perhaps the single most important action was that she wanted to take revenge on Elizabeth Proctor. Abigail used to be the servant in the Proctor’s household, but as Elizabeth finds out that John Proctor had an occult affair with Abigail, she fired her. Abigail started accusing people to whom she had a great bitterness against; this will build up her accusing reputation, so that when she finally gets around to accusing Elizabeth it will be believable. If she did only accused Elizabeth, that would be too suspicious, but if Elizabeth is just one of many evil witches in town, no one will really notice it as anything different.
All of these factors lead to Abigail being a ringleader of one of the most notorious gangs of accusers in American history. And even though it sounds incoherent to us in this point of time, it was something of extreme importance to them; as they were very religious people, they were Puritans. Twenty people were executed, but a tragic hero, John Proctor, put an end to the hysteria by being an honest and a nonconformist person. By his refusal to confess, he showed up his courage, his aversion to lies, and his morality to everyone in the