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In The Crucible the dishonesty of Abigail Williams destroys the lives of John Proctor his wife Elizabeth and Mary Warren Abigail is a mean and vindictive person who always wants her way no matter who she hurts Many deceitful acts in this play result in someones death and Abigail Williams lies from Act I to the final curtain fall John Proctors death was unjust like so many others during the Salem Witch Trials Mistrust poor judgment and honesty on his own part all played smaller roles in the demise of John Proctor but it was one girls lies that set him on the gallows Throughout the play Abigails accusations and lies cause many people pain and suffering She seemed to never care for any of them except John Proctor whom she had an affair with prior to the beginning of the play She is convinced that they should still be together You loved me John Proctor and whatever sin it is you love me yet24 John admits to thinking softly of her from time to time but claims he will cut off his hand before he reaches for her again23 John regrets the affair with Abigail greatly he loves his wife and is not one to sin It is unfortunate that when asked by Hale to repeat the commandments that John forgets Thou shalt not commit adultery This is Hales first indication that John will be an easy target for persecution as Theology is a fortress and no crack in the fortress may be accounted small67 Abigail only lied to protect herself from prosecution from dancing in the forest with the other girls Abigail feared for her life so much that she protected it even when John was accused of witchcraft and faced hanging Although she loved him she would not sacrifice herself for him Mary Warren began the story by Abigails side They along with some other girls were allegedly dancing in
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