The Crucible - Abigail Motives Essay

657 Words Feb 17th, 2012 3 Pages
The seeds of the hysteria that afflicted Salem Village, Massachusetts were sown in January 1692 when a group of young girls began to display bizarre behavior, with no decorum whatsoever, and accused people of witchery. Abigail Williams, one of the main accusers in the Salem Witch Trials, starts her web of lies in a desperate attempt to not be held accountable for her nefarious deeds in the forests the night before the play opens. The childish girl needed attention and with each accusation that she did, the town loved her and believed her more, which granted her more and more power. In fact, Abigail continued with the hysteria in order take revenge on Elizabeth Proctor, so that she could have John Proctor for herself.
The night before the
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Then, you can't deny that Abby seems to be a bit of a drama queen who loves attention.
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

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