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The Crucible.

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The Crucible Classwork Abigail is a mean and vindictive person who always wants her way, no matter who she hurts. Through out Act I her accusations and lies cause many people pain and suffering, but she seemed to never care for any of them except John Proctor, whom she had an affair with seven months prior to the beginning of the play. Parris discovered them dancing in the wood and questioned Abigail about it as his young daughter, Betty would not wake, Abigail claimed that it was just "sport" and that Betty just fainted. Parris was only interested in keeping his name clear of witchcraft. Parris is angry at Abigail because he thinks she's not telling him all that happened in the woods, he says, "I pray you feel the weight of truth upon you, for now my ministry's at stake my ministry and perhaps your cousins life!". Parris's job as a minister is in jeopardy, he needs to know what happened in the woods and he is angry that Abigail isn't telling the whole story. ...read more.


She also was without any real mother or father figures. Abigail grew up to be deceitful and treacherous, lacking trustworthiness. On account of the fear for her life, Abigail began to accuse the townspeople of witchcraft, when it was only herself how actually carried it out. Also if this attitude towards the way children behave was shared by all of the community, the children would love the chance to accuse people and dance in woods because it would be the first time in there lives possibly, that they would be experiencing fun, it would be the first time an adult has ever paid any attention to anything they had to say. After she and the other girls were discovered in the forest dancing, she knew that they would be whipped and possibly hung. Jealousy was one of the emotions that played an important factor in this Act. For example, When Abigail stated, "now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnum's dead sisters. And that is all. Let either of you breathe a word. ...read more.


Nothing would stop her from protecting herself. At the beginning of this act Abby comes across as an innocent young girl, by the end we realise her potential to squirm her way out of problems and place the blame elsewhere, showing her evil nature that was lurking behind the innocence of her beauty and her name. John Proctor and his wife Elizabeth used to employ Abigail, until Elizabeth found out the affair and threw Abigail out. Although John told Abigail that the affair was over and he would never touch her again, she tried desperately to rekindle their romance. "Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I'll ever reach for you again." She claimed that she loved John and that he loved her. Although Abigail claimed she loved John, she may have just loved the care and attention he gave her. John cared for her like no one else had. In a way he could be described as somewhat of a father figure to her. ...read more.

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