Abigail Williams displays the most influence in the ongoing which trials of Salem in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Abigail manipulates others, display vanity throughout the story, and is obviously a deluded young girl in love with an older, married man who does not return her affections anymore. Her false accusations of witchcraft in Salem, sparked great chaos, and only so that she could force her lover into marrying her. Her actions are the foundation of every death and arrest in Salem. She is a venerable girl yet she has very little to be.
She is a static character because her only objective throughout the play is to be rid of Elizabeth Proctor so that she can marry her husband. Therefore, not only is Abigail a manipulative, vain and deluded young girl, but she is indubitably the most influential Character in The Crucible. To begin, Abigail Williams manipulates all those around her to the point where her word of accusation is esteemed and not in question. Her actions are solely led by her need to be with the man she loves.
She forces the people in her life to do what she wants – even when what she desires is against everything she should stand for as a puritan- only to blame them for anything that goes amiss. For example, in act two, Elizabeth gives a very interesting statement: “John, if it were not Abigail that you must go to hurt, would you falter now? I think not. ” (53). Abigail, who did not make an appearance that act, was clearly the main topic of conversation at several moments in the second act.
Abigail’s manipulation on John Proctor are on display clearly because of his obvious hesitation to report Abigail for her lies. Therefore, Abigail and her accusations indicate an act of manipulation and her influence on those in her community is extremely dangerous. Additionally, Abigail’s contribution to the witch trials in Salem began because this young girl was vain enough to believe that in order to salvage her marred reputation in her community, she had to marry her unattainable lover from eight months before.
Although Abigail is said to have a wonderful demeanor, she still had no other reason to deserve more than the others in her community. She was certain that nobody should stand in her way of her gaining back her good reputation so she concluded that she must kill Elizabeth Proctor. “You did, you did! You drank a charm to Kill John Proctor’s wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor! ”(18). Abigail, uses her supposed love for John Proctor as a reason to kill his wife because she thinks she deserves to be with him.
She behaves as a girl that thinks she should get what she wants for no other reason than that she asks for it. From this, we can conclude that Abigail’s vanity is one of the foundations to the controversy of witches in Salem. Lastly, Abigail is a deluded girl that believes that the love of her life is still in love with her. She accuses John Proctor’s wife of witchcraft at an attempt to obtain him again without acknowledging that he tells her multiple times that their affair is over.
She disregards the fact that John Proctor wants to be with his wife and not this young, deceitful girl. Even when John exclaims with a racket: “How do you call Heaven! Whore! Whore! ”(101), she still continues with her pretense. She also disregards how he travels to court to call her a liar, and to save his wife – whom he loves – from her! Throughout the third act, he has paid little attention to her, yet her lies and accusations continue to pour from her mouth.
Conclusively, Abigail Williams has clearly deluded herself and has not comprehended that the man she loves does not share her affections. Ultimately, Abigail Williams is a manipulative, vain and deluded young girl. Her actions lead her to become the character with the worst infamy . She is a static character throughout the story because her objective remains the same throughout. She clearly is the most powerful character out of all of them in the story in terms of who is innocent in Salem during the witch trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller.