The Crucible - Abigail Motives

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The seeds of the hysteria that afflicted Salem Village, Massachusetts were sown in January 1692 when a group of young girls began to display bizarre behavior, with no decorum whatsoever, and accused people of witchery. Abigail Williams, one of the main accusers in the Salem Witch Trials, starts her web of lies in a desperate attempt to not be held accountable for her nefarious deeds in the forests the night before the play opens. The childish girl needed attention and with each accusation that she did, the town loved her and believed her more, which granted her more and more power. In fact, Abigail continued with the hysteria in order take revenge on Elizabeth Proctor, so that she could have John Proctor for herself. The night before the play opens, Abigail had been dancing out in the woods, which is forbidden by the Puritan religion. Her main purpose for going into the woods was to cast a charm to kill Goody Proctor. She drank chicken blood and cast a charm hoping to dispatch her mortal enemy, Elizabeth Proctor, all in the hopes of securing her current love, John Proctor, for her own. While doing so, Reverend Samuel Parris and others find out about the dancing and about the spell-casting. As Mary Warren, the servant in the Proctor’s household, stated that “Witchery’s a hanging’ error”, Abigail got scared as a cat about to be run over by a car. As a result, Abigail threatened all of her girlfriends that were dancing along with her to stay quiet in the hopes of avoiding being hanged. As Abigail is mulling her possible demise at the end of the noose, Tituba is being coerced into confessing to witchcraft herself. But then an interesting thing happens; as soon as Tituba confesses, she isn't whipped, hanged, or even chastised. She is blessed and praised. And as soon as Tituba starts naming other people as witches, it takes all of the focus off of her, and she is praised as in instrument in god's hands come to save them all. Therefore, Abigail concludes that if she...
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