Analysis Of Abigail In The Crucible

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The character that I chose from “The Crucible” to analyze is Abigail Williams. Abigail has many different aspects that make up the person she is but there are three main ones that stand out. Manipulativeness, naiveness and pettiness. Abigail is manipulative to many people throughout “The Crucible” from Reverend Parris to Judge Hathorne to John Proctor to the other girls who can “accuse” those of witchcraft. She manipulates Reverend Parris by lying to him about what they were doing in the woods so they don’t get in trouble and she lies about the “whiteness of her name.” For example, when she said “She hates me, uncle, she must, for I would not be her slave. It’s a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman, and I will not work for such a woman!” She manipulates Judge Hathorne most obviously by accusing random people of witchcraft and then passing out on the floor. …show more content…
She manipulates John Proctor by accusing his wife, him and those around him which causes him to feel guilt-ridden because he knows Abigail is lying about her “visions of witchcraft” and has done nothing to stop it. Finally, Abigail manipulates the other girls she “works” with by threatening them with violence and death if anyone tells. For example, when Abigail said "..We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam's dead sisters... let either of you breath a word or an edge of a word....I will come to you in the black of some terrible know I can do it..” This threat keeps all the girls silent. As the tale progresses, I believe the girls became scared to say anything in fear of the ramifications. Abigail shows naiveness in many ways but mostly in front of John Proctor and Judge Hathorne. John Proctor has made Abigail a giddy little school girl with goo goo eyes. She is this cold “accuser of witchcraft” but around John she's a love struck