Crucible Essay - Mikaela Tang PD-1 The Crucible...

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Mikaela Tang, PD-1 The Crucible Essay (Prompt 5) In The Crucible, Abigail Williams is the main villain of the play. Based on the text evidence, Abigail is described as a manipulative, selfish, deceiving, liar. Abigail’s insensitivity is thorough throughout the whole play. Abby will cheat, lie, and manipulate people for her own advantage. Examples that provide evidence for Abby’s sinful personality is shown throughout the play. For instance, a few examples are when Abby and Proctor have an affair, when Abby dances naked in the woods, and when Abby testifies against Mary Warren. Each of these examples clearly gives the reader insight about what Abby’s true motivations are- protecting only herself. Abby and Proctor’s affair subsequently evolved into an immense amount of guilt that burdened Proctor. Elizabeth, Proctor’s wife discovered that Proctor and Abby (who lived with Elizabeth and Proctor at that time) had an affair. Infuriated with anger, Elizabeth kicked out Abby. Knowing that Abby knew about Proctor’s marriage, you’d think that anyone with the right mindset should feel at least a vast amount of guilt. This was not the case for Abigail, however. Remaining careless and insensitive about the issue, Abby still was expressing a sense of love for John Proctor. Despite Abby knowing about Proctors guilt toward the affair, Abby still remains certain that Proctor loves her. Just by knowing Abby’s reaction to the affair, anyone should be able to conclude that Abby is insensitive and careless about anyone’s feelings other than hers.

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