English III AP
The Monster in Salem
In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, a town where people saw the devil lurking behind every corner and the reason behind all misfortunes being the result of some sin, when the cry of witchcraft rung through the town via the lips of Abigail Williams people were more than willing to believe that the devil was alive in Salem. Although there were so many individuals in the play who contributed to the Witchcraft hysteria, Abigail Williams is the main cause of this insanity. Her selfishness, her greediness, and the willingness to do anything to stay out of trouble, causes her to become top 10 female villains in literature in history. The following essay will discuss how the evil, teenaged girl caused the depression and death of many people.
Abigail put herself into a very awkward and provocative situation with John Procter. John Proctor was married to Elizabeth, and allegedly had an affair with 16 year old Abigail Williams. After people began to catch onto this promiscuous situation, Abigail and John were really putting themselves into a dangerous and confusing situation. Flirting and flaunting their feelings towards each other, Abigail expresses her love for John in a very inappropriate manner in which John does not accept. Without holding back John says “Abby, you’ll put it out of mind. I’ll not be comin’ for you more.” (Act One, 22) Later in the play, Abby decides to put the blame on John Procter and tells the court about the affair. To protect her husband from danger, Elizabeth testifies that her husband has not been intimate with Abigail, because Proctor is falsely accused of witchcraft and condemned to death.
Abigail's vindictive and manipulative nature is a significant catalyst to the events and results of the witch hunt. Yet, this character's fate remains indefinite and is a lingering loose end to Miller's tragedy. Abigail is most often considered the play's villain and the lack of just...