Reasons Why Abigail Is To Blame In The Crucible

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The Crucible Essay “Whore! How do you dare call Heaven” (Act 2 Scene II). This quote caused quite a stir in the play, The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Proctor, one of the main characters, is yelling this at another character named Abigail, who, along with Danforth, is to blame for the witch trials. The characters in the play that are most to blame are Abigail and Danforth because Abigail makes false accusations throughout the whole play, she causes all the hysteria that feeds the witch trials, and Danforth fails to act to stop the hysteria. One of the reasons why Abigail is most to blame for the witch trials is because how often Abigail makes false accusations throughout the play. Firstly, Abigail accuses Tituba of witchcraft right in the beginning when she told the girls that “Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam‘s dead sisters” (Act 1 Scene I). Abigail knew she would be in trouble if anyone found out what the girls were doing in the forest when the townsmen suggested to call Hale, so Abigail automatically …show more content…
For example, near the start of the play, Abigail tells the girls and threatens them that she will “come to [the girls] in the black of some terrible night and [Abigail] will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder [the girls]” (Act 1 Scene II). Abigail threatens the girls to follow her lie because Abigail knows it is more believable if a whole group lies than if only one person does. This is one of the first lies that is stated in the play and it basically starts all the hysteria in the town. Another example is when Abigail realizes that Mary is trying to take her down, so Abigail begins to act like Mary’s evil spirit is possessing her in the courtroom (Act 2 scene II). This causes hysteria in the courtroom and makes everything go up in chaos, which also ends with John being accused and

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