Abigail devotes lots of sins and controls many individuals so she can prevent herself from getting in trouble. Everything started when she committed infidelity. According to the Old Testament, desire is one of the seven lethal sins. Abigail’s desire for John Proctor provokes her to commit adultery with John who is married to Elizabeth. Although John Proctor isn’t free of blame, Abigail has more responsibility for the affair. After John Proctor realizes that it is wrong to have an affair behind Elizabeth’s back, he tells Abigail” Abby, I may think about you softly from time to time.
However I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever grab you once again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched.” (Miller, 23) But Abigail says: “You liked me John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you liked me yet.” (Miller, 24) She attempts to persuade John to be with her despite the fact that she knows it is incorrect. She thinks John will be with her if his other half is gone and attempts to curse Elizabeth when she is in the woods dancing with Tituba and other women.
Then she tries to control other ladies to assist her get what she desires.
Abigail is really manipulative. After being accused of witchcraft when she was caught dancing in the forest, she manipulates other women to do as she says to avoid getting in trouble. At the start of Act I, Abigail states to the women: Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sis. And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word about the other things, and I will pertain to you in the black of some awful night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will tremble you. Miller, 20) This shows that Abigail is threatening the women to listen to her and do as she states so Abigail can stay out of problem. When Abigail understands that she is able to quickly influence the ladies, she abuses her power by making false accusations. Abigail begins to make incorrect accusations when she is at Parris’s house after seeing Tituba confess and get saved by God. She knows admitting and accusing other individuals of relating to the Devil will enable her to be saved too. At the end of Act I, Abigail states:” I saw Goody Hawkins with the Devil … I saw Goody Cubicle with the Devil! (Miller, 48) Later on, Abigail begins to acquire more power since people believe she has the capability to see who has actually related to the Devil. Abigail abuses her power to implicate a lot more innocent people. One day, Elizabeth Proctor learns that Abigail accused her of practicing witchcraft. She states to John: “It is her dearest hope, John, I understand it. There be a thousand names; why does she call mine? … She thinks to take my place, John.” (Miller, 61) This reveals that Abigail is accusing Elizabeth due to the fact that she is spiteful that Elizabeth is wed to John.
Lots of other individuals are implicated and ultimately, those who are implicated however do not admit are put to death. The power and influence Abigail has more than individuals of Salem has led to the death and anguish of many people. Her false allegations made the court suspicious of the implicated victims. Those who didn’t wish to lie to the judges, such as John Proctor and Martha Corey are hung. However, “twenty years after the last execution, the government awarded payment to the victims still living, and to the families of the dead. This implies all of the people who were carried out or founded guilty were penalized wrongfully. Abigail is indirectly responsible for the death of numerous residents of Salem. If she hasn’t practiced witchcraft or accused people, the witchcraft hysteria in Salem would not have actually begun. Abigail is a hypocrite who falsely implicates others of practicing witchcraft while dedicating countless sins herself. Her impact over individuals of Salem has actually caused the death of lots of innocent people. Ultimately, she is the villain of “The Crucible”.