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How is Abigail presented in 'The Crucible'

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"How is Abigail Williams presented in Act 1 of The Crucible?" The Crucible is a play which was written by Arthur Miller during the early 1950s. This play is based on the happenings in Salem, Massachusetts during the years 1692/3. Apparently, this play was written as a symbol of America in the 1950s before and when Senator McCarthy was in power which in other words is McCarthyism. America was a capitalist country and Joseph McCarthy became increasingly obsessed with the impression that America had people secretly working for the Russians to make it a communist nation. There was a quite hysteria over this issue and Miller happened to be one of the people that were questioned by the House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities. Like The Crucible, there was a false claim of the spirit of witchcraft dwelling in natives of Salem and this seemed to cause quite a panic. Abigail Williams encapsulates the play because it seems as though every event that took place was as a result of her lies and unjust practices but we could also argue that it was a plot to get her lover John Proctor to herself. Abigail Williams is a girl of tentative morals because of the traits she demonstrates throughout the play. ...read more.

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Her fright also led to the selfish Abigail as she seems to be thinking about herself alone while the other people she dragged down were suffering in innocent anguish and evidence is found throughout the play especially as she harshly threatens Betty Parris and Mary Warren not to say anything. "Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night...I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down". In other words, Abigail knew that everything taking place was false and she most probably felt guilty but she went along with it all for her selfish desires to get John Proctor to herself. She also names a Good Osborne as a witch and this is a selfish side to her personality as she was avoiding persecution by placing the blame on someone else and she also influenced the other girls to blame other innocent people in Salem at the end of Act one where the girls all chant the names of Goodies they saw "with the Devil". This can be linked to her dominance in the community as it is evident that she has an unusual power over the people. ...read more.

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In both the minds of Elizabeth and John, they are worlds apart and this brings us back to the wicked heart of Abigail Williams who I believe seduced John Proctor into making love to her hence the distrust Goody Proctor feels towards her husband. To conclude, I think it is easy to judge Abigail and say she is an evil person and I don't disagree but we find out that she is a sad orphan who witnessed her parents die so she could have been traumatised and a way of getting over this trauma was to go against the rules in Salem and then partake in unjust affairs. She fell in love with John Proctor after their encounter and her morals began to fall apart just as much as her life did in the sense that her passion for Proctor was enormous so when she was rejected by him, she lost control of herself and possibly her state of mind so she resolved to doing anything and everything she could to get John Proctor for herself. This suggests that in life, when someone is denied something they adore, they are despondent and then they attempt many things to get that which they are passionate about. ?? ?? ?? ?? The Crucible - Arthur Miller February 16, 2010 ...read more.

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