Abigail and Her Emotions The Crucible by Arthur Miller has plenty of emotions that are felt and cause many events in this story of anguish. The Crucible is set in a small puritan village in Massachusetts in 1692. It begins with a group a girls that get caught dancing in the forest, they try to hide what they were doing and they cause the Salem Witch Trials. If there is someone that fills out the model for and evil antagonist in this play it would definitely be the leader of the dancing girls, Abigail Williams.
Abigail is 17 years old and on the outside appears sweet and innocent she willingly controls Salem with her manipulative personality. Abigail’s empowering vigilance, desperation, and remorsefulness is the cause for almost every event in the crucible. Abigail’s desperation gives us an ongoing plot centered around Proctor’s affair with Abigail, and he and his wife Elizabeth trying to recover form it. Abigail shows her desperation when she is alone with proctor and throwing herself at him trying to receive his love. [Abigail] cannot sleep for dreamin‘, [She] cannot dream but [she] wake and walk about the house as though [she] find you comin’ through some door. ” The quote is a great example of Abigail’s desperation, it shows how she can not live without having Proctors love again. This emotion causes her to make rash decisions. Abigail is strongly influenced by her love for John, so much that she does not care about others. When Abigail is talking to John, she talks down on Elizabeth because she wants her gone so she could have him. [Elizabeth is] but God’s finger, John. If he would condemn Elizabeth, she will be condemned. ”. Abigail clearly wants Elizabeth out so she can have Proctor for her own. The quote puts light on Abigail’s desperation for John and how she doesn’t care bout anyone else. Abigail’s remorsefulness is so strong that she would not if innocent people die as a result of her actions, as long as she get what she wants. When the girls are scared about what may happen to them if they are caught lying, Abigail shuts them up when she declares “And mark this.
Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and [Abigail] will come to you in the black of some terrible night and [she] will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know [she] can do it; [she] saw Indians smash my dear parents’ heads on the pillow next to mine and [Abigail has] seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the go down! Abigail quickly shows them who holds the reins and how they are all going to comply with her rules whether they like it or not. Abigail’s shows her remorsefulness by threatening them so she can keep control. Abigail’s remorsefulness also keeps her control and vigilance over the girls and the whole town of Salem when Tituba is being analyzed by Hale, Abigail interrupts and tries to lie to Hale by proclaiming that she was dealing with the devil and that she is now free. “[Abigail wants] to open [herself]! she wants] the light of God, [she] wants the sweet love of Jesus; [she kissed] his hand. [she] saw Sarah Good with the Devil! [She] saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! [She] saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil! ”. In this event Abigail clearly shows that she will stop at nothing to make the situation better for her. She does not care about any of the lives she puts in danger her remorsefulness leads to the hanging of seventeen people. The Crucible is a story filled with emotions that push the plot of the Salem Witch Trials.
It all begins with a group a girls that get caught dancing in the forest, but Abigail William’s is the fuel to the fire. If her emotions weren’t involved, it may have stopped the whole thing from happening, but because of her overwhelming vigilance, desperation, and remorsefulness she causes hurt for the whole town. Abigail’s actions are evil! she is responsible for Proctor’s affair, the hysteria of witchery in Salem, the hanging of innocent people, and the Salem Witch Trials all together.