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Abigail Williams: Friend or Foe?

Paper Type: Free Essay Subject: English Literature
Wordcount: 711 words Published: 4th Sep 2017

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Abigail Williams, a villain, is manipulative and strong willed but her weaknesses of deception and desire fuel her jealousy of Elizabeth Proctor. To some she was a close companion, her and her small entourage of sneaky young girls, stir up a lot of problems with the small but well known settlement. Back to 1692 the mischievous girls all started with a devious plot to rid elizabeth proctor from the town, abigail’s hatred for the mistress was enough to put the whole town on the map for witchcraft. Maybe her intentions weren’t as evil as they see me, but maybe they were, at first the girls and titichuba gathered in the forest for just innocent encounters maybe just to make the boy of there dreams fall for them. Abigail quickly turned to selfishness, having john proctor wouldn’t be enough for her, the 17 year old girls twisted intentions were out to kill.

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In my opinion she definitely is the brains behind this group of attention seeking, sportin girls. She can take everything to extensive drama just to prove silly falsehoods, Most definitely a very skilled actress. Abigail williams would do anything possible to keep her name out of the equation, she definitely did not want to be the root of the trouble, selfish yes, but i’m sure some could argue that she just wanted to keep her and her friends out of trouble, they were aware of their punishments, maybe being whipped and spanked. In abigail’s eyes people’s lives were not important she was only concerned about her image.

Soon after the story beings you get to see her true colors. Betty one of the youngest turns cold and ill. Abigail has no compassion for even her own so called friend. The witty girl does not care as she threatens her, she is only worried about how much trouble she is going to be in because of betty’s actions, even though she is definitely the cause of all the mischievous behavior . “Shut up! All of you. We danced. That is all, and mark this, if anyone breathe a word or the edge of a word about the other things, I will come to you in the black of some terrible night, and I will bring with me a pointy reckoning that will shudder you! And you know I can do it. I saw Indians smash my dear parents’ heads on the pillow next to mine. And I have seen some reddish work done at night. And I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!” One of my favorite abigail williams quotes, even though this is just a little preview of how cruel she can be. The girl’s intentions become pure, she is doing all of this out of despite of john proctor. To her all the townspeople’s lives are just part of a big game. The character struggles to make to right decisions and think about others very self conceited.

As the story continues the truths unravel and you see the real side of the girls most just devious abigail. The very famous story of the witches in salem massachusetts because more and more popular by the year. As it is all started with the girls cruel scheme to ruin the life of john proctor’s beloved wife, and mother to two young boys. Abbi was very envious of elizabeth because she had what she always wanted. In the end, abbi lost and so did elizabeth. John Proctor does not make it to the end of this tragic story, if only abigail would have done whatever she could in her power, because she really did have too much power for such a young girl, maybe she would have saved the poor farmer and his family. Elizabeth quickly moves on and re marries,she was a good wife and to me didn’t deserve all the drama john had put her through. She lives happily ever after, unfortunately so does abigail and all her young friends. I’m sure never have a remorse and sorrowful bone in her body.

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Over all you can tell this young girl should have never had any sort of authority in a courtroom, her evil games and cruel ways, cost a town’s reputation, and her own in my opinion. By the end of the story you see that she was just the talk of the town with her affair with john proctor she was not shunned or put to shame for it though. Even a couple years later only one of all the girls choose to apologize.


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