"The Crucible" by Arther Miller.

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In "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller, the most powerful character in the story is Abigail Williams. Abigail's power from the beginning of the story changes drastically by the end of the book. Abigail goes from being a young harmless girl to the point where she is responsible for the death of innocent people.

In the beginning of the book, Abigail is just like any of the other girls of the 1692 era.

Things change, however, when she and a group of girls are caught dancing in the woods. It was then that the idea of witchcraft comes about in the town, and Abigail and her friends start acting hysterical. All of them pretend to be haunted by the devil through the art of witchcraft.

Since the girls were acting frenzied and out of control, people started to get accused of witchery. If Abigail had just told the truth, she could have stopped all of this, however, she does not tell the truth.

Her actions resulted in innocent people being hung and still this does not stop the girls from pretending to be haunted.

Abigail realizes that she can use this power to her advantage. She is in love with a married man by the name of John Procter and has an affair with him. Abigail was jealous of John's wife and takes revenge on her. Abigail decides to accuse John's wife Elizabeth Procter of haunting her during the night. The court case goes to trial and Elizabeth is found guilty of witchery. Eventually even Abigail's love John Procter is hanged.

Abigail Williams has the most power in The Crucible because she is clearly the villain of the story. She lies and manipulates her friends and she accuses innocent people of witchcraft. These people go to trial and...