Who Is Abigail Williams Play In The Crucible

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller, is a play depicting the events occurring in Salem, Massachusetts, during the Salem Witchcraft trials of 1692 and 1693 to the puritans inhabiting Salem. Abigail Williams is the main antagonist and John Proctor is the main protagonist. The play entails Abigail and group of twelve girls dancing in the forest with Reverend Parris’ slave, Tituba, while she is singing in her native language of Barbados at the time. Reverend Parris soon discovers the girls and finds Betty, his daughter, in terror after he finds the girls. This leads to Reverend Hale being called to town to investigate witchcraft within the girls, specifically Betty due to her not waking from a long sleep. Abigail is questioned for what happened in the forest and says witchcraft is not to blame. Abigail …show more content…
He does not allow dancing and most certaining not witchcraft, but does not immediately blame witchcraft for Betty’s ailment. He calls in Reverend Hale of Beverly to confirm that witchcraft is not to blame. Abigail however, twists her tale of lies in order to make Parris believe witchcraft is in his home and will ruin him. In act I, Parris accuses Tituba for using the devil to bewitch the girls says, “You will confess yourself or I will take you out and whip you to your death, Tituba!” (Miller). Reverend Parris goes straight to the idea of witchcraft immediately after Reverend Hale could not find a reasonable answer as to why Betty is ill. Parris is to blame for the deaths of the innocent because he does not realize the girls’ lies and acting during the court. His Puritan beliefs make it so he believes Abigail’s story of Tituba and other sending their spirits to attack her. Puritans are not allowed to lie and always believe what is said, no matter if it sounds like malarkey. Parris is one to blame, but certainly not the one to place the most blame