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How are Abigail Williams and John Proctor are presented to the audience in Arthur Millers play The Crucible(TM)

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How are Abigail Williams and John Proctor are presented to the audience in Arthur Millers play 'The Crucible' The 'Crucible' a play by Arthur Miller, written in 1953, it is based on the true events in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The two main protagonists in the play are Abigail Williams and John Proctor. At the start of the play Abigail Williams is seen as a beautiful innocent girl to most of the townspeople. Abigail is a girl who is troubled by a gruesome past, for example she saw her parents' heads get smashed in when she was a little girl. Although in some scene she may seem to be nice. She is in fact a bloodthirsty, ruthless child. We know this from Act One where she drinks blood as a curse on Elizabeth Proctor. ...read more.


Abigail still loves Proctor but he doesn't love her. In Act 3 she is even slyer as she threatens Mr. Danforth in front of the whole court by saying in an open threat: "Let you beware, Mr. Danforth. Think you be so mighty that the power of hell may not turn your wits? Beware of it!" This means that she is sending an open threat to Mr. Danforth. This in modern day speech would basically mean if I were you I'd be watching my own back. As you get further into Act 3 she becomes even more bloodthirsty as she says "If I must answer that I will leave and will not come back again." To Mr. Danforth when he asks her if she denies everything that Mary and Proctor have said she has done. ...read more.


In Act 2 when Cheever comes to take Elizabeth away. Proctor gets in the way and fights back at them to get them off of Elizabeth. I know this because he says: "Herrick! Herrick, don't chain her! Damn you man, you will not chain her! Off with them! I will not have her chained!" This means that Proctor will not see his wife taken in chains to the jail for the charge of witchery. In Act 3 Proctor goes to the court with Mary to save Elizabeth but then later on in act 3 his purpose becomes much larger when he admits to lechery in front of the court and also Giles gets arrested for withholding evidence but then Proctor signs the deed that says he has done witchcraft but then he rips it up and gets hung for it at the end and Abigail runs away to Boston. ...read more.

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