The Crucible Villain: Abigail
A skillful antagonist goes about revenge by ways of lying, cheating, and manipulating without a shred of remorse by the end. The main villain, Abigail Williams, of The Crucible written by Arthur Miller demonstrates her viciously magnificent ways to gain control by being vindictive, selfish, and conniving. Her path of destruction spreads death and hysteria through the town of Salem. By taking power of the Salem’s judicial system though jealousy, threats, and manipulation, Abigail’s character easily spreads the chaos, which exploits her strength and control of the witch trials.
Jealousy and lust becomes a main source of Abigail’s need for revenge, through her feelings for John Proctor she destroys anything that gets in the way. The play begins with Abigail trying to replace Elizabeth Proctor by drinking a charm to kill her. Leading to a heated argument against John Proctor with petty name calling when Abigail pretends to be angry at Elizabeth for damaging her reputation. Instead showing a strong feeling of envy towards Goody Procter for her marriage to John, “She is blackening my name in the village! She is telling lies about me! She is a cold, sniveling woman, and you bend to her! Let her turn you like a-” (Miller 1271) Yet the negative attention falls on those who wronged Abigail by accusing her of adultery, when herself and the girls condemn Elizabeth Proctor and others for witchcraft. Abigail’s jealousy is converted into extremely cunning acts of placing the blame on others, when ironically she started this whole ordeal.
Being the ringleader to the group of girls dancing in the forest allows Abigail to place threats on them and gain control over their emotions. She provokes the girls to frantically shout out innocent names of who supposedly is partaking in witchcraft. The wild excitement of emotion comes after Abigail threatens them with violence and the idea that she might know some actual witchcraft. When she...
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