"The crucible" In the novel "The Crucible" I believe is the strongest force in Salem. The emphasis of my essay is to make you (the reader) agree with my sentiments. I will do so through quotes and acts of Abigal Williams. Through out the novel Abigal Williams does many acts to make her look deceitful, dishonest, greedy, corrupt, and as the twenty first century is creeping upon us yes even bitchy.
Throughout the novel Abigal Williams is in search of a man, which she has seduced and will stop at nothing to make John her man even if it means killing his wife. Abigal is able to do as she pleases and is able to get away with anything. She shows such a strong presence of authority when she speaks to the girls " let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you."
(Miller, 20) by this you can already tell that she has gained authority over the girls. Abigal is so corrupt that she tries to protect herself from being hanged by condemning everyone. Even goody Putnam (a wife of a minister) which has nothing to do with witch craft; when Danforth tells Abigal that she has been mistaken her only response is "Let you beware Mr. Danforth. Think you to be so mighty that the power of hell may not turn your wits?" (Miller, 108) Then pretends to freeze and makes Marry and John turn out to be the bad ones. When Abigal sees Marry making a poppet and sticks the needle in the poppets stomach for safekeeping she decides to stab herself in order to condemn goody Proctor for witchcraft. Of course goody Proctor goes to court and is sentenced to die. Marry confesses that the girl were all pretending in order to save themselves, but when Danforth asks Abigal if it is true she says it's a lie and tells Danforth that she will not change her allegations. In fact Abigal pretends to have a vision of proctor attacking her along with Marry as a yellow bird; Marry begs for Abigal to stop, but she proceeds to have these visions; even the girls play along with it and begin to mock Marry and Danforth believes that Marry has power over them which she doesn't. It as though Abigal confessed to witchcraft, but in return she gained a lot of control over the court and she knew how to use her power and began to kill innocent people. Abigal is the cause of chaos in Salem and all for one man, which she killed.
In recurrence Abigal Williams knew how to use her authority and used it well. Her over all motive of condemning people of witchcraft was to kill goody Proctor, but when she knew that she was able to kill plenty of people which thought of her as a slut then well she wanted to kill everyone who " blackened" her name in Salem, but the truth is that she blackened her own name. Because she killed so many innocent people she to me is presented as the most evil force in Salem. Yes maybe people died in the name of the judge Hawthorne, but he killed because he did what he thought was right and what the bible says to de against any evil forces. Abigal knew what she was doing as she drank the blood; she drank a charm in order to kill Proctor's wife in the beginning of act one. She did not want to be a true puritan, she seduced Proctor in order to get a cheap thrill, but he felt ashamed of what he did, but she kept telling him that she knew that she still loves her, but due to all this she ruined a family and killed Proctor all at the same time.
I believe that this is enough evidence to convince you that Abigal Williams is the most evil force in this novel "The Crucible".