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A Commentary on the Character of Abigail Williams from 'The Crucible'.

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A Commentary on the Character of Abigail Williams from 'The Crucible' Abigail's Background Abigail Williams is the seventeen year old niece of Reverend Parris. She lives with Reverend Parris and her cousin Betty as she is an orphan who saw Indians smash her 'dear parents heads in on the pillow next to hers.' Abigail used to be a servant in the Proctors house but was discharged from their service because she had an affair with John Procter. Abigail's Personality/Characteristics Abigail has a strong personality. She worries about what others think about her and tries to appear strong. Abigail is very manipulative and can change any conversation so it goes her way, she admits that they were conjuring spirits but it was not her, 'Not I sir- Tituba and Ruth.' ...read more.

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At the end of the first Act Abigail breaks down and tells the adults what they want to hear by this time Abigail, Betty and Tituba are in hysterics. Abigail's Relationship with other Characters Abigail acts differently with different characters, when she is with the other girls she is the one in charge that tells everyone what to do 'Now look you. All of you.' When Abigail is with her uncle (Reverend Parris) she acts and says things very differently as she knows that she is not in charge. Abigail definitely does not like Elizabeth Procter, this is because of their past problems, mainly the fact that Elizabeth discharged Abigail and 'soiled her' (gave her a bad name in the village.) ...read more.

Conclusion

If Abigail was not in the play the plot would not move along. The drama builds up as Abigail adds more and more about what happened in the forest, she starts by saying that they 'danced and Tituba conjured Ruth's dead sisters' and then she says that Tituba called the Devil then near the end of the Act she admits to everything, she even admits that she did make contact with the Devil but she still blames Tituba for tempting them. At the end of the first Act Abigail, Ruth and Tituba are calling out the names of all the people that they 'saw' with the Devil, they carry this on until the curtain falls, this leaves the audience thinking about what is going to happen next. ...read more.

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