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The Crucible By Arthur MIller

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller How does Miller use Abigail Williams to create dramatic tension in his play? Plan Abigail Williams is a young girl, who is fed up with the unexciting puritan life. She starts to seek out ways of breaking the rules, no matter what the punishment. One way of doing this is by having an affair with John Proctor, who is married to Elizabeth Proctor. The reason that all of the witchcraft rumours are started is because a group of girls are seen dancing in the woods, but Abigail uses these rumours to manipulate people into believing other members of the community are "interacting with the devil". This is her way of having revenge on her ex-lover John and his "sickly wife" (Page 18). Abigail is a normal teenage girl who falls in love with a man that she can't have as her own. The one difference between her and many normal 17 yr olds is that her jealousy, and that of many others in the village, results in the deaths of 20 innocent people. Abigail first appears in the play in the first scene. From the first moment she speaks you can tell she thinks she is superior to all those around her. ...read more.

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Instead of no they say nay, and instead of yes they say Aye. This makes it more believable to the audience because they think they are watching something that might really have happened. This makes it more dramatic. "Now, Betty, dear wake up now. It's Abigail. (She sits Betty up and furiously shakes her.) I'll beat you Betty." This violent language is a key to how violent Abigail's behaviour is. She knows what she wants and she is prepared to do whatever it takes to get it. Abigail's character has many flaws, people would think passion is a good thing, and it is, but Abi is too passionate, she is willing to have innocent people killed, just to get rid of John Proctors wife, so she can be with him. Abigail Williams does not seem to be a very religious person. (This is proven in her later life. She was found in Boston later on in life, living as a prostitute.) She is mischievous, a liar, an adulterer, and in a sense, a murderer. You get an idea of her character from the first few pages. "Uncle we did dance; let you tell them I confessed it." ...read more.

Conclusion

This makes Abigail feel that Elizabeth is unworthy of John, and takes every chance she gets to undermine her in front of her husband. "She is blackening my name in the village! She is telling lies about me! She is a cold, snivelling woman, and you bend to her! Let her turn you like a-"(Page 19). She wants Proctor to leave his wife so she tries to make him think she isn't worth being with. I think that Abigail Williams is a good character to create tension because she is unpredictable. In the start she is just a teenage girl, or to be exact a young woman (although this is arguable), who wants to have a little harmless fun. By the end of it she has caused so much distress and disruption, I don't even think she could have imagined that happening. Throughout the play, even though people are being killed, she remains to tell lies, so she isn't thought badly of. I think this creates tension because up until the end you don't know if she is going to right her wrongs. So all in all I think Abigail is an interesting and unpredictable character, she is in the centre of everything. ...read more.

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