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Abigail Williams In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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In Arthur Miller's play The Crucible Abigail Williams, an unmarried orphan in the Massachusetts town of Salem, incessantly grows more jealous, her desire for vengeance only grows stronger, and her selfishness escalates. She repeatedly lies to save herself by denying her involvement in witchcraft. Abigail's Jealousy of Elizabeth Proctor intensifies in attempt to realize her desire for Elizabeth's husband John Proctor. In order to save herself she accuses the innocent, without any sense of ethical violation. Abigail proves to be a selfish antagonist in The Crucible that shows no sense of right and wrong.

Abigail is a liar. She immediately rejects all association between herself and witchcraft. When Abigail's uncle, reverend Parris, confronts her about claims of witchcraft, Abigail denies said claims saying to her uncle, "Uncle, the rumor of witchcraft is all about, I think you'd best go down and deny it yourself." Abigail knowingly lies to her uncle to get herself out of trouble. Abigail tries to further distance herself from accusations on witchcraft through lies. I statements such as, "I never sold myself! I'm a good girl! I'm a proper girl!" she paradoxically portrays herself as righteous through lies. In sum Abigail is a conniver willing to lie to get herself out of trouble.

Abigail is a highly jealous character, concentrating her jealousy on Elizabeth Proctor. This jealousy is driven by lust and her desire for John Proctor. Abigail served as a servant in the Proctor household and after an affair with her husband John, Elizabeth fired her. She still resents Elizabeth for this as she is still in love with John. She clearly says to John, "You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!" Abigail is still in love with John and she assumes the...

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