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Arthur Miller's "The Crucible".

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Describe Abigail Williams' character in relation to her conduct in the woods, her attitude towards the girls and Parris, her comments about Elizabeth Proctor, her conversation with John Proctor, and her accusiations at the end.

Responce: Abigail is a character with many facets to her personality, as do all the characters in Authur Miller's The Crucible. Her selfiishness, immaturity, and tendancy to spin yarns are all important traits. The traits are all shown during her interations with the girls and Parris, her behaviour in the woods, her attitudes towards the Proctors, and her accusiations at the end of act one.

Her most prominent trait is probably her selfishness. She treats the girls with no regard for their feelings or well bein g, almost as if they were pawns. To her, their only purpose is to amuse her or protect her from punishment. "Let either of you breathe a word [...] about the other things," she threatens Mercy and Marry Warren, "and I will [...] bring a pointy reconing that will shudder you. You know I can do it. [...] I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!" (Miller 837) She is obviously not afraid to strike fear in their hearts if it means that she will stay out of trouble. She does the same to Betty, threatening to beat her if she doesn't wake out of the trance.

Another one of her traits is immaturity. She has an obsessive puppy love for John Proctor, which equals in intensity her hatred for Elizabeth. "You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!" (Miller 839). She says this in responce to Proctor's statement that their affair is over. She refuses to believe that the relationship is over. She is even more immature in her treatment of Goody Proctor. Betty clearly states that Abigail "drank a potion to kill Goody Proctor" (Miller 836). She also condemns both Proctors when she realizes she will not get her way: "She is a cold sniveling woman," she angrily shouts at John, "and you bend to her!"...