This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Do You Think Abigail Is Presented As Wholly Evil?

1367 words - 6 pages

Do you think Abigail is presented as wholly evil?Many members of the audience may say that Miller has presented Abigail in a manner that shows her character to be wholly evil however I do not think this is the case.I think this because she is not incapable of showing love or passion. Though the audience sees near the beginning of the play, Abigail has been hardened, this is due to witnessing Indians murdering her parents, "I saw Indians smash my dear parents' heads on the pillow next to mine," she is not emotionless (the use of dear is an indicator of this). This is clearly shown in the scene with Proctor as she is desperately trying to win him back through stage directions, "she clutches ...view middle of the document...

This is understandable since "witchery's a hanging error" however her actions go further than this. She is capable of lying for her own gain despite the people that are hurt in the process. A good example of this is the yellow bird scene. This is where Mary Warren is accusing the girls of lying about seeing the spirits and saying that it was all pretend, "that were pretence sir." However Abigail is quick to deflect the accusations of "a marvellous cool plot to murder" and starts to attack Mary and accuse her of witchcraft. This is done through incredibly over dramatic actions, "weird chilling cry," and "she is pointing open mouthed agape at the ceiling." Millers stage directions suggest Abigail's talent for commanding centre stage.Abigail's most obvious act of violence is against Goody Proctor. When she plots to frame Elizabeth Proctor she stabs herself with a needle in the abdomen to mimic that in the poppet that Mary Warren had made for Elizabeth. However she is also very violent in her demeanour. She is very threatening when talking to the girls "I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you," and later on in the play when talking to the judge, Danforth. She says; "in an open threat," "let you beware Mr Danforth. Think you be so mighty that the power of hell may not turn your wits."The character throughout the play shows constant signs of cruelty. Through the play Abigail is constantly cruel to the other characters in the play. For example Tituba, the Barbadian slabve who cared for and looked after Abigail, was seen as disposable to Abigail as she was very quick to accuse Tituba of witchery to save herself "she sends her spirit on me in church; she makes me laugh at prayer." All of her actions through the play are very cruel and unfair. She leads the girls into playing God and choosing who they shall next accuse and condemn to the gallows. However worst of all she starts to rub off her scheming and cunning attributes upon the other girls. No longer are they just accessories to her plot but are starting to make their own as after all it was Mary warren and not Abigail that accused John of being the "Devils man."In Millers shorts, one of the actors says that they do not believe Abigail has been presented as evil but as "wicked". I agree with this as I believe she is just an opportunistic young girl desperate for power and attention at all costs.Abigail is a very sly and cunning character and is very capable of manipulating a situation to her advantage. From the beginning of the...

Other Essays On Do You Think Abigail Is Presented As Wholly Evil?

DO YOU FEEL ADOLESCENT BEHAVIOR IS INFLUENCED BY TELEVISION

364 words - 2 pages favorite T.V. show is, they would give you the name of a T.V. show that contains a lot of violence. They look at these characters as role models so they start copying what they do. The kid goes to the playground during recess and plays with some kid in a violent way, acting out their favorite T.V. character. Then they go home and they act this way. Playing "make believe" is really a demonstration of aggressive behavior, because of watching

Who says doing business is difficult? If you plan right, you can do anything!

274 words - 2 pages money.The financing of the business was totally done by credit cards, but please note that the only credit used were with offer of 0% apr until 8 months of their use. This gave me some time to keep paying the credit card minimum payment and grow my business.I opened 2 more carts in two other different malls and today i have 4 carts. There is big money in small businesses but only if done in the right way. The best thing to do is to visit several other malls and look for what is selling. This will help you choose the product you wish to sell.I wrote this to encourage those who are doing nothing so that they can make something out of their efforts.

How To Be A Governor,Or What You Would Do As One

476 words - 2 pages Assembly lets me I will reorganize every executive agency that is responsible to me for the better. I will promise to do every thing to my best ability. I will pass laws to help not destroy. I will help the poor, the sick, and the homeless. I will try to make this world a better place to live. I know just about everyone says that but I will show you if given the chance. If I have to I will take the chance to help our people. It is about us and always will be about us Illinois the great state.

The Iliad Is The Poem Of Beautiful Death, While The Odyssey Is The Poem Of Timeworn, Embraceable Life. Do You Agree With This Statement?

1693 words - 7 pages human life is by comparing it with a leaf.Looking at this matter from a women's perspective gives a different but still disheartening outlook on mortality. Andromache's line "When I lose you, Hector, there will be nothing left, no one to turn to, only pain" (Iliad 6. 433-435) shows the devastation of war on women. The war has taken many men who have been close to Andromache, including her father as well as seven brothers, and later, her husband

The Fifth Amendment is an old friend and a good friend. Do you agree or disagree with that assessment of the Fifth Amendment? Why?

471 words - 2 pages I do agree with the above statement because of what the Amendment stands for and protects. I personally am a believer in the old adage that's its better to let one thousand guilty go free than to convict an innocent man and the Fifth amendment lines up with my beliefs. This is an amendment that's about protecting the common man from a potentially cold government and tyrannical government. It guarantees a certain level of civility from the court

"Wuthering Heights"- Emily Bronte. What Do You Learn Of Heathcliff's Character And Actions In Chapter 6? How Does Bronte Present Thrushcross Grange? How Important Is Social Class In The Novel?

2540 words - 11 pages Heathcliff is a character of mystery in the beginning of the novel; his youth seemed to be spent on the streets of Liverpool before Catherine's father took him home and looked after him. As a young boy, he was quiet and the reader didn't get to read many long speeches by him to help us understand his character better, like we did for all the others; he always seemed to be in the background of a main scene because he didn't verbally communicate

Letters Of John And Abigail Adams- A Love Story

619 words - 3 pages were too busy to write, I hoped that some kind Hand would have been found to let me know something about you. Do my friends think that I have been a Politician so long as to have lost all feeling? (Adams 695). Clearly the both are very emotional and sad to be away form each other for so long. Again, John expresses his love as he tells his wife, ?... I will stay as long as you please. I should as proud and happy as a Bridegroom. Yours? (Adams 698

Crucible

338 words - 2 pages I. Greed plays a large part in the drama, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. Greed is shown in the play through many characters who do whatever it takes to get what they want. Abigail Williams is greedy in the way she will do anything to have John Proctor to herself. Putnam is land hungry and uses the accusations as a way to get what he wants.II. Abigail Williams is a greedy girl because she wants John Proctor and would do

A basic drama essay on The Crucible

445 words - 2 pages to the audience that she is lying. An example of when I would do this would be when Abigail says "I think so sir".When Abigail is answering Paris's questions I would play her so she is quivering slightly. To show that she is nervous. I would make her answer the questions quickly and try and distance her from the blame. When Paris questions her about people being naked from the forest I would make her answer with terror and fear. As it is not the

the crucible

512 words - 3 pages teenager. Mary Warren wouldn't have been in the trails as a huge problem but she was drag when Abigail framed her with a "voodoo" doll for Elizabeth Proctor. Mary Warren really gets dragged in the controversy, when the girls were in the courtroom and were pretending as if an evil spirit was cast out by Mary warren posed them, by repeating everything she had said. Through in the play Mary Warren had tried to keep herself in tacked, but when that

Witchcraft Declared In Salem

314 words - 2 pages asked Mrs. Proctor why Ms. Williams would make such claims. She had only this to say, ?Abigail wants me out of the way so she can replace me as wife of John Proctor.? When Mr. Proctor was asked for comment regarding a possible love affair with Abigail Williams, he refused to admit an intimate relationship. However, he did state, ?My wife is a good Christian woman, and I am a good Christian man. I love my wife. I regret all that has happened.? Mr. Proctor leaves us to wonder just what the source of his regret is. Could it be his wife?s imprisonment or his affair with Abigail Williams? Stay tuned. We?ll keep you informed of any future developments.

Similar Papers

From Cfo To Ceo: Do You Think Finance Departments Are The Best Place To Train Future Ce Os?

864 words - 4 pages managers are used to championing conservative financial position. Leaders, however, view challenges as opportunities. To emerge as organization leaders, financial managers need to become greater risk takers." Leadership skills help financial managers achieve career success; Healthcare Financial Management; 54(4); (2000); by Kowalski, R.B., Campbell, M. W.In conclusion, do you think finance departments are the best place to train future CEOs, the

In Practice, Do You Think Your Firm Should Go To The Time And Expense Of Implementing A Capital Budgeting System Into The Planning Process?

1044 words - 5 pages my DOF doesn't understand IRR or NPV!)However, before we go any further I think it important to look at one very important, possibly the most and commonly overlooked key element of capitol budgeting the 'post-audit'.The nature of our capital budgeting is stereotypical of the NHS and this 'old world' approach to capital budgeting is compounded (as I have previously stated) 'post audit'. I know as an organisation we are 'audited to death' there are

Explain The Difference Between Gdi And Gem And Do You Think That These Measures Are Really Appropriate To Measure Women's Status And Decision Making Power In The Arab Region

1512 words - 7 pages whole equation unreasonable. In all logic not accepting this scale I find very simply logical because if the obvious fallacies that can be derived from a scale that can't be applied in countries inside the Arab world as a whole. Again I feel that the UNDP has put too much emphasis on money to establish women dependence, economic empowerment and gender empowerment are two completely different things that the UN and the UNDP continues to confuse. I don't know I tend to agree with you that this is probably a purely political decision that makes the Arab world look extremely bad whereas the truth is quite different from that.

What Events In The Play Of Romeo And Juliet Do You Think Changes The Course Of Action From Romance To Tragedy?

355 words - 2 pages . When Romeo was notified of this he went out looking for Tyblat and murdered him as well. Romeo was punished for this act by being banished from Verona. Romeo and Juliet were madly in love and Romeo caused more problems by killing Juliets beloved cousin. Capulet decided to give his daughters hand in marriage to Paris, a noblesmen. Little does Capulet know Juliets married to the enemy, Romeo. Juliet was very upset of the news of her marriage