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This Essay is Discussing Whether Abigail Williams was a Victim or an Aggressor in the Play,

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This Essay is Discussing Whether Abigail Williams was a Victim or an Aggressor in the Play, "The Crucible" Abigail Williams can be seen in two ways. She can be seen as an aggressor or as a victim. An example of her as an aggressor is in act one where she threatens the girls ,"Let either of you breathe a word... and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you." An example of her as a victim is also in act one when she describes how she feels that she was used as a slave by Goody Proctor, "She hates me, uncle, she must, for I would not be her slave." The play begins with Reverend Parris' Betty lying on a bed apparently unconscious. Reverend Parris believes that she has been carrying out witchcraft. Abigail Williams enters the room. Abigail Williams admits to dancing round a fire in the woods but she says that it was not witchcraft. I believe that this is the start of her lies. Later on in the play she admits to witchcraft. This is the first piece of proof that we have, that she is a liar and therefore an aggressor. ...read more.

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Abigail is very defensive over herself and begins to accuse Tituba of practising witchcraft. This is Abigail again being the aggressor. She is trying to place the blame on another person. Abigail continues to accuse Tituba and Tituba asks Abigail why she is lying. "Why you say that Abby." All of the people in the room believe Abigail because Tituba is a black slave and her status in the village was considerably lower than Abigail's. Tituba then starts to name people who also worshipped the devil. The Act closes with Abigail joining in. Abigail appears to take great joy in naming people. This is yet more evidence as to why Abigail is an aggressor and not a victim. If Abigail was a victim she would be questioned thoroughly and punished severely. Instead she admits to dancing in the woods, she does not get punished and then she gets most of the female population in the village in trouble as well. Abigail has lots of personalities that suit the person she is talking to. For example when she talks to Tituba she talks mockingly as though Tituba was lower than her in social status, when she talks to John Proctor, however, she looks up to him because she fancies him. She does not use mocking tones in front of John Proctor because she is trying to impress him and insulting him would not help. ...read more.

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I also believe that if Reverend Hale and Reverend Parris had not been so blind in dealing with the case then Abigail would have received punishment. They did not see that all of the women just admitted that they were witches so that they escaped being hung. I believe that the play as a whole is full of misunderstandings and blindness. Abigail took advantage of the judges' short sightedness and this makes her an aggressor. She was selfish and in the end did not get what she wanted (John Proctor). The play is also based around the fact that the author Arthur Miller was attacked by McCarthyism and this story could be his way of expressing it. Arthur Miller was ruthlessly accused of being a Communist at the time that he wrote this book during the Red Scare. During the Red Scare many important people were accused of being communist because a senator called Joseph McCarthy wanted to gain a name for himself. There are some very big similarities between the storyline in "The Crucible" and the Red Scare. The main similarity being that one person sparked off accusations that had very little foundation that ruined many peoples lives. I believe that the moral of this play is that even if you do everything you can to get it, you will not always get what you want. Christopher Haggart 11MJD ...read more.

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