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Abigail the orphaned niece to Reverend Parris is cast out of the house of John and Elizabeth Proctor because of her part in the infidelity committed with John Proctor Her uncle is suspicious of her hasty exit and even more so when he discovers her dancing in the woods In order to avoid punishment Abigail claims to be victimized by evil thus causing madness that spread like wildfire through Salem claiming many innocent souls Yet the one who escaped punishment Abigail is not innocent However her crime invisible to the eyes of the judges for whom faith had replaced psychology is not to have trafficked with the Devil it is with truly diabolic determination to have brought about the ruin of the woman she cannot forgive for being married to the one she loves Throughout the play the people of Salem are consumed by paranoia and fear Abigail is able to prey on that fear as well as every other humanly weakness and with her cunning she is able to bend others to do her will With a combination of lies and threats as well as her capability to take advantage of paranoia and hysteria Abigail seems to be an untouchable antagonist Even as one first starts reading the play one can perceive Abigails talent in the area of villainy With seemingly no conscience whatsoever she lies continuously in order to protect herself She denies her role in the witchcraft on page ten as she is being questioned by Parris when she says But we never conjured spirits On the following page she also refuses to admit other events that took place No one was naked You mistake yourself uncle p11 It is obvious that Abigail is a compulsive liar She sees no problem with concealing the truth and would say anything to keep herself out of trouble In addition to lying Abigail also turns on others and falsely accuses several innocent people Why does
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