“Then go and tell her she’s a whore

“Then go and tell her she’s a whore. Whatever promise she may sense-break it, John, break it” (170). Abigail Williams is quickly seen by the audience as a good person until the truth finally comes out. She is an evil, malevolent, and jealous young woman that practices witchcraft but will not admit the truth. Abigail Williams is a young member of a strict Puritan society who lives with her demanding and extremely selfish and inconsiderate uncle and his young daughter Betty, and accuses others of witchcraft in order to get rid of Elizabeth Proctor and marry her husband John, which has caused the town to become obsessed and crazy about the allegations of witchcraft.

The puritan society that Abigail is a member of is not a place for children and it is this harsh society that contributes to her character. She is a young woman that can not do much of anything due to the strict rules that the people are placed under. Reverend Parris, her uncle, is shown early on in the story as being extremely selfish because he cares more about himself than he does his own daughter that is ill. She lives most of her life as a young woman that doesn’t do much so the first chance she gets she will want to have a little fun. “Uncle, we did dance; let you tell them I confessed it- and i’ll be whipped if I must be” (142).
She is well known for her false accusations against other people including Elizabeth Proctor.

Another cause for Abigails evil personality is her lust for John Proctor and her jealousy and hatred toward his wife, Elizabeth. She had a one time affair with John and while john knows that he made mistake, she still wants him. Abigail announced, “You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet! John, pity me, pity me!” ( ). She still wants something to happen between them but John wants no part of that, which cause her hatred towards Mrs. Proctor. One of the many people that were accused of witchcraft was Goody Proctor. The main purpose behind her accusal was so she would be out of the picture and way from John. The reader can see that Abigail is malicious by her plan to provide evidence that Elizabeth is indeed a witch. She even goes as far as to stab herself to convince the people that Elizabeth is a witch, further showing that she is a manipulative liar that does and says as she pleases in order to get what she wants.

Additionally, her evil and malicious ways has contributed to the fear of witchcraft in most of the town. Abigail has manipulated just about everyone in town to believe in what she says with the many stories she preaches. Abigail states to the people, “I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I Kiss His Hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!” (162). Abigail stated this knowing that since she came out and confessed to being one with the devil she would not face punishment, and in stating that she wanted the light of God, she would be accepted by God and helped.