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Compare and contrast Elizabeth Proctor with Abigail Williams. Does the former have any redeeming features? Does the latter have any flaws?

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Compare and contrast Elizabeth Proctor with Abigail Williams. Does the former have any redeeming features? Does the latter have any flaws? Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor, the leading female characters in 'The Crucible'. Both show determination in order to get what they want. Elizabeth's character portrays a wife in distress after she finds out about her husband's affair, yet she still has courage throughout the play. She shows determination when she is in need of strength to keep her going, after Abigail accused her of witchcraft. Elizabeth is often cold and not open towards people yet she changes as the novel progresses. Abigail, a cunning, malicious, immoral, deceitful, conniving and vengeful girl that is out for revenge who has many flaws, feels she has superiority over many of the other characters even though she is only a young girl. ...read more.

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This disengagement makes Abigail seek vengeance towards them; accusing many people of witchcraft. Abigail is a strong and determined character; she manipulates people to get herself out of her own trouble. After being accused of witchcraft she starts to blame her friends around her, she also tires to get her uncle, Reverend Parris, to help her out of the situation, she tells Parris that "The rumour of witchcraft is all about; I think you'd best go down and deny it yourself," (Act I). Throughout the play Abigail tries to show the other characters that she is not to blame for her mistakes. An example of her trying to blame other people is when she tells her uncle that he should go and deny the witchcraft accusations. By not denying the allegations herself and having someone else do it, shows that she has support from other townspeople. ...read more.

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The love that Elizabeth shows her husband in the last act illustrates how caring and compassionate she can be. Although she wants her husband to live. Elizabeth knows that John has to make the decision for himself; this also exhibits why she is thought of as a strong character in the play. Both Elizabeth and Abigail are strong characters in the play; they are significant women and affect the outcome of the piece immensely. Elizabeth lets her husband decided to live or die, which shows great courage and strength. Abigail shows determination to get what she wants. She is able to manipulate the townspeople and she can accuse them of witchcraft, which enables her to get revenge on the people that have done her wrong. Both Elizabeth and Abigail can be portrayed at strong female characters in 'The Crucible' by the actions that occur in the play. By Atish Sahota ...read more.

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