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I Saw Abigail Williams With The Devil In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible as a symbolism for his own failing marriage and the communist hunt in America at this time in his life. However, almost 50 years later, Miller also wrote the screenplay for his movie adaption of the play. Moreover, there were definite changes to scenes, characters, and dialog, between the play and the movie. Miller’s variation to his own play, showcase key differences in Abigail Williams, through his changes in her persona, relationship with John Proctor, and the added scenes in the film.
Throughout the play Abby is portrayed as what seems to be a spoiled girl, whom will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. Yet, in the movie, she is established to be more of a “witch” in her disposition. “…But if you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know now…” This scene in the play is only spoken about in the dialog between Abby and Reverend Parris. Though, in the film this phantom part is actually depicted. This succeeds in showing that Abigail is the central antagonistic girl. During the play, Abigail is exerting her tyrannical grip on the town girls of Salem; she explains to them the situation as she explained to reverend Parris about what happened in the woods: that they had only danced. Thusly, there is a change in the actions taken by Abigail, to get Betty Parris to be quite, in order to state the alibi that Abby had concocted. Abby says to the girls, “...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…” Abigail is portrayed as an aggressive girl, but there are differences in the severity of her anger from the play and the movie. In the play, Abigail only hits Betty once, on the other hand, in the film, Abby, slaps Betty, then throws her on the bed, striking her several times more. She is better at utilizing her anger and power over the girls of Salem.
Further, Abby is more passionate in the movie then the play....

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