Everyone in the town of Salem, MA, is the definition of credulous. Everything that happens in this community doesn’t need any proof for why it is right or wrong, if it is said it is true. No questions asked. When the girls originally blamed witchcraft for the peculiar behavior of Betty Paris, nobody wanted to believe that it was anything else. This is the core reason why so many people were killed during the witch-hunts. Abigail Williams, Elizabeth Proctor, and John Proctor were forever changed in history because of credulousness of the townspeople of Salem, MA in 1692
Abigail was enabled to do whatever she wanted in the town of Salem. Once she realized how much power she had, Dukore backs this up in his essay, “A forceful personality, Abigail is able to bend the other girls to her will and intelligent enough to convince the pillars of society of her truthfulness.”(146). Abigail is a very cunning girl who is savvy and gets what she wants, by any means necessary. She is willing to hurt others so they might interfere with her plans, “let either of 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.”(20). She realizes that she can take all of her problems away by simply turning back onto the person that originally inflicted her with the issue. Just like in the case with Elizabeth Proctor. She stabs herself with a needle and preaches to everyone that she felt Goody Proctors spirit do that to her. With her wit, she knows that nobody will think to question her, and Goody Proctor will ‘taken care of’. Abigail Williams is the ultimate puppet master in this play. She can do anything she wants because of the credulousness of all of the other characters that form the fan club of people who believe in witchcraft.
Elizabeth Proctor is one of the many victims of Abigail and her minions. There were scores of other...
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