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The Evil Force Of Abigail Will

In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, Abigail Williams- the main character- is a wicked, confident girl who lies to get what she wants. Abigail defends her name and her life through evil means. Evil in The Crucible is most forcefully portrayed through Abigail Williams. Evil is shown through Abigail in many ways. Abigail utilizes three main ways to complete her evil desires. Abigail shows her evil through harlotry, lunacy, and accusations.
Abigail is a harlot, and from such harlotry stemmed the evils of The Crucible. Her relationship with John Proctor and her animosity towards Goody Proctor all stem from her evil ways of lechery. Abigail loved John, but John only had lust for her because of strains in his marriage. This lust became evident when Abigail speaks with John about their relationship, "I know how you clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion whenever I come near! Or did I dream that? It's she put me out, you cannot pretend it were you. I saw your face when she put me out, and you loved me then and you do now!" (22). Later John replies, “I will cut of my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again.” John knows he did wrong and has repented his ways, however Abigail refuses to forget and repent; she wishes to runaway with John and stay with him. Abigail knowingly gave herself to John Proctor- even though he was married-, which shows that Abigail's lust for John is the lust of a common whore for worldly pleasures.
Abigail is evil and uses her lunacy to take control of situations. This lunacy became apparent through constant lies and threats. Abigail is respectful on the surface but she hides her resentment and disrespect. She talks back to defend her name and in Act One, she lies to Parris, "No one was naked! You mistake yourself, uncle!" (11). She is also aggressive and forceful, the other girls are afraid of her. When Mary Warren suggested that they should confess to dancin…


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