In The Crucible, A Play Written By Arthur Miller, Would U View Abigail As Evil??

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When the Greeks founded the theatre in ancient Greece they expected the story plot to always follow as such: The protagonist, who was an honest and brave hero, makes the world a more just place. He does this by fighting evil, with his just ways, and always is victorious. However, in ancient Greece they never imagined that people like Arthur Miller could take such a twist on things. Miller's play The Crucible shows us that the protagonist isn't always the hero that we had been taught as children to look up to. On the contrary the protagonist, Abigail Williams is evil, deceitful, and wicked. The question arises: How is Abigail Williams presented as the most evil force in the play?Abigail first shows her evil character when she threatens to kill the girls if they tell the truth. From what it seems to us, Abigail is a sweet Puritan girl, but she quickly shows her dark and dangerous side. The girls all want to tell the truth, for example Betty tries to screams out "You drank blood Abby...you drank a charm to kill Proctor's wife" Abigail terrorizes the girl to never repeat what truly happened that night. "...and mark this. 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...I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!" Instead of Abigail telling the truth, she begins a series of lies and accusations that the other girls are forced to follow. Out of her own wickedness, she puts the lives of the other girls on the line, and is responsible for the execution of innocent people.Abigail's second presentation of malevolence is when she accuses Tituba, and tries to place all the blame on her. She has total disregard of another's life and frames Tituba, knowing the consequences of her actions for Tituba. "She makes me drink blood...she sends her spirit on me in church; she makes me laugh in prayer...sometimes I wake and find myself standing in the open doorway and not a stitch on my body! I always hear her laughing in my sleep. I hear her singing her Barbados songs and tempting me with-" She blames Tituba because she knows that people will easily believe this lie. Since Tituba is from another country and is another color, the Puritan people are afraid of her and it is easy for them to believe she is a witch. Abigail knows this and takes advantage of the fact that Tituba doesn't know English, is alone, and is helpless.While we are on the subject of Abigail's false accusations it is notable to mention her accusations towards Mary Warren. Although Mary Warren is physically weak she is the only girls brave enough to stand up in front of the court and tell the truth. She faces Abigail and tries to bring justice to Salem. She is quickly shot down by Abigail's lies and becomes the spotlight for her accusations. She accuses Mary Warren of taking other forms and terrorizing the girls. "Oh Mary this is black art to...

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