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Arthur Millers play The Crucible is about the persecution of people being falsely accused of being witches in Salem Massachusetts in 1692 Many people die in the village after a series of lies and evil practices Abigail Williams after having had an affair with John Proctor who is a married man begins this cycle of lies and accusations in an attempt to get her lover back Her character includes both superiority and resentment throughout the entire novel and is showed throughout it as well The author shows Abigails superiority as confusion from the beginning When all of the talk about witchcraft troubles her uncle Abigail thinks she should be the authority Abigail also thinks of herself as superior to the natives of Barbados When her uncle discusses her work for the Proctors she says that they want slaves not such as I Let them send to Barbados for any of them She is prejudiced against these people and her remarks reveal her snobbishness Finally Abigails snobbish character is apparent through her statements to John Proctor about his wife Elizabeth She says Oh I marval how such a strong man can be with such a sickly wife Abigail obviously thinks highly of herself She believes she is worthy of Proctors love but Elizabeth is not Abigail shows a character of superiority by her authoritative prejudiced and snobbish remarks Of the major characters Abigail is the least complex She is clearly the villain of the play more so than Parris or Danforth She tells lies manipulates her friends and the entire town and eventually sends nineteen innocent people to their deaths Throughout the craziness Abigails motivations never seem more complex than simple jealousy and a desire to have revenge on Elizabeth Proctor Abigail seems to only be driven by sexual desire and a lust for power Abigail is an orphan and an unmarried girl This could be why she occupies a low rung on the Puritan
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