Abigail's desires and actions. Main characetr in Arthur MIller's "The crucible"

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In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, there is one character who, because of her

selfish and evil ways, causes the destruction of many people in the town of

Salem. This character is Abigail Williams. In the play, jealousy, and self-

interest are the two characteristics that are seen constantly throughout the

play. These characteristics pertain particularly to Abigail, and give a graphic

description of her life, and how she deals with things in it. Throughout the

play she gets worse and worse each time something major happens.

After her affair and failure with voodoo, she was overcome by love

and jealousy, and she was willing to do anything to get John back to her own

self. Since she was overcome, she had no concern with morals, and starts to

sin heavily by starting the witch trials, which causes the deaths of many

people in the town. Abigail doesn't want anyone to find out that she was in

the forest so she harshly threatens Betty Paris and Mary Warren not to say

anything. "Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the

other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I

will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you... And you know I can do

it... I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down."

She fell in love with John Proctor after their affair, her morals and her

whole life began to fall apart. She started to be overcome with her feelings of

love, and her passion for John was enormous. After she was denied these

things she could no longer control herself, and her whole reason for living

became to get back John. This shows that when a person is...