Character Analysis

Essay by Katie80High School, 11th gradeA+, March 2004

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The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is a play which focuses on the Salem Witch trials which took place in 1692. One of the main characters in the play is Abigail Williams. One night, Abigail and her friends decide to go dancing in the woods which is not permitted in the town and they were caught by Abigail's uncle Reverend Parris. At first the girls said they were just dancing but then admitted that Tituba, Reverend Parris' servant, forced them to conjure spirits. Because of the girls dancing in the woods, and the blaming of innocent people, the whole pandemonium of the Salem Witch Trials came about.

Abigail Williams is a very greedy person. Abigail and John Proctor had an affair. She fell in love with John but the feeling was not mutual. Because of this, Abigail wanted John's wife, Elizabeth Proctor to be hung for being a witch, so Abigail could be the only person John would love.

So, Abigail accused Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch so she could have John all to herself but, her plan had backfired and John was hung for not confessing to witchcraft, and Elizabeth was not hung for being accused of being a witch. Abigail does this by telling the judge that Elizabeth has a poppet, and there is a needle hidden in it and she poked Abigail in her side with the needle, by using her mind. Abigail made this story up because she saw Mary Warren making a poppet for Elizabeth Proctor and she kept the needle in the poppet for safe keeping and she knew that Mary was going to give the poppet to Elizabeth.

When Betty Parris, Abigail's cousin, was pretending to be possessed from dancing in the woods and conjuring spirits, Abigail told her she would beat her...