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Sinful Scheme - The Crucible

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Sinful Scheme By: Allison Au The Crucible is a novel written by Author Miller. Crucible in literary terms means a material that can withstand a great amount of heat. The title, refer to a test that occurs in the play. The Crucible is about the witch trials, which took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. One of the main characters in The Crucible, is Abigail Williams. Abigail is Reverend Parris' niece and Proctor's mistress. She is the leader of the girls who accused people of witchcraft during the witch trial. She is obsessive, convincing and powerful. There are characteristics that the author said about her. Through other character's description and her own actions that support and depicts her characteristics. In the beginning of the play, Abigail was a leader that led the girls of Salem to the wood where they were trying to conjure spirits with Tituba. Tituba is a servant of reverend Parris, which Reverend Parris took her from Barbados to his home. Abigail was obsessed enough to drink Chicken blood (41) to kill Elizabeth Proctor, (58) the wife of John Proctor. Seven months earlier, Abigail engaged in an affair with John Proctor (20). ...read more.


She threatened, " I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it." Abigail being consumed with Proctor, had done things that were morally wrong. She has fixation for Proctor, and that blinded her from her true morals, whatever they may be. Abigail Williams has a talent for convincing people who which are in her presence to her viewpoint and her stories. During court proceedings Miller stage direction states her convincing action " looking about in the air, clasping her arms about as though cold." Abigail acts as though she is cold and yells aloud, " A wind, a cold wind, has come." (104) Not only did Abigail convince Susanna Walcott and Mercy Lewis to do the same, but also convinced Hathorne and Judge Danforth into believing their act. Abigail's performance made Danforth " engaged and entered by Abigail." He goes on to question Mary Warren who accused the girls of pretense. "... Do you send your spirit out? " Mary Warren without fail cried out against Proctor to being the devil. Mary did what Abigail wanted her to do, to be on Abigail's side and not betray her. ...read more.


And folks are brought before them, and if they scream and howl and fall to the floor - the person's clapped in the jail for bewitchin' them." (50) The girls' accusations were powerful enough to put anyone in jail, no matter what that person's reputation was during that time. Abigail had enough credibility that she did not need any proof to convict anyone, opposed to others, which they needed testimonies and depositions to get their point across to the judges. Danforth was a very powerful judge; with his signature, seventy-two have been condemned to be hanged. (83) Abigail had also earned his trust. Abigail believed John Proctor was in love with her but his wife, Elizabeth, was the way. Abigail's goal was to get rid of Elizabeth. She accused others in the town of Salem of being witches. Abigail might have not known that at the time she was responsible for condemning many to be hanged. She used others, only as an instrument to get what she wants, but in the end her plan backfired on her and her "prize", Proctor, was going to be hanged because of her. Abigail left Salem, in fear of later consequences. She is obsessive, convincing and powerful. She has made history in a horrible way. ...read more.

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