The Crucible

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The passage on page 108 is a direct summary of Abigail's cruel intentions. In The Crucible, Abigail Williams plays a malicious trick on a naive Puritan town in order to be with a man. It began when Abigail had a sinister love affair with John Proctor, a married farm tender, and yearned for the position of his wife. John's wife, Rebecca, was put in a life threatening position due to Abigail's disturbing crave. Abigail went to the extreme extent of pretending that they were practicing witchcraft, and she claimed she saw Rebecca with the devil. This accusation developed into a chaotic nightmare. Many innocent people were getting falsely charged of witchcraft, and it resulted in the death of innocuous victims.

In order for Abigail to put her evil plan into action, she acts out a dramatic show to convince the jury that there are people worshipping the devil. She makes them feel guilty for questioning her when she declares, "I have been hurt, Mr.

Danforth; I have seen my blood runnin' out! I have been near to murdered every day because I done my duty pointing out the devil's people- and this is my reward? To be mistrusted, denied, questioned like a"¦.". Abigail is trying every tactic possible in order to eliminate Elizabeth Proctor, and she will do practically anything to get the town to believe her horrific story. When she speaks to Danforth, she makes it appear like she is the one getting mistreated. She makes him feel shamefaced and guilt-ridden for questioning her story. Danforth weakly responds to her guilt driven words when he says, "Child, I do not mistrust you".

As Abigail follows through with her accusations, she attempts to scare these religious Puritans into believing that there are witches living around them. She scares the...