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The Crucible - Abigail Williams

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FC: The Crucible: Analysis of Abigail Williams

1: First Example for Act One: Reverend Parris: "Abigail, is there any other cause than you have told me, for your being discharged from Goody Proctor’s service? I have heard it said, and I tell you as I heard it, that she comes so rarely to the church this year for she will not sit so close to something soiled. What signified that remark (EOL 1220)?" Abigail Williams: "My name is good in the village! I will not have it said my name is soiled! Goody Proctor is a gossiping liar (EOL 1220)!" Significance: Abby is confronted by her uncle (Rev. Parris) because Elizabeth Proctor will not come to church and sit "so close to something soiled." Goody Proctor is referring to Abby. Abigail tells her uncle that her reputation is good; yet, no one will hire her. Later, in Act Three, John Proctor tells the court that he had an affair with Abigail Williams. Therefore, Abby is lying to her uncle here in Act One. She is also lying about what she did in the woods.

2: Second Example for Act One: Abigail threatens the girls. "Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters. And that is all. 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. And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parents’ heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down (EOL 1223)!"

3: Significance of Quote: Not only is Abigail amoral because she has Tituba cast a spell with chicken blood that will kill John Proctor's wife so that Abby may take her place, she also is capable of killing any of the girls who may tell the authorities about her actions.

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  • Title: The Crucible - Abigail Williams
  • Instigator of mass hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts during the 1600s
  • Tags: witchtrials, salem, massachusetts, 1600s
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