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Did Mary Warren want to kill Abigail in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible?"

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jessicareeves17 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 10, 2013 at 5:34 PM via web

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Did Mary Warren want to kill Abigail in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible?"

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM (Answer #1)

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Mary Warren, the servant of John and Elizabeth Proctor in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," does not want to kill Abagail Williams. In fact, Mary Warren is deathly afraid of Abagail Williams. Abagail, or Abby, is the "leader" of the band of girls leading all of the accusations against the numerous people in Salem. Mary believes that she will come under the wrath of Abagail if she (Mary) speaks out against her (Abagail).

Therefore, Mary Warren does not necessarily want to kill Abagail Williams; though she would, most likely, not care if Abagail were to disappear, as she does late into the play. Mary Warren may be angry with Abagail for setting her up (by setting her up regarding Elizabeth being named a witch for the poppet), nothing is ever said about wanting Abby dead. 

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laurto | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted December 7, 2013 at 3:14 AM (Answer #2)

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Mary Warren did not want to kill Abigail. She was actually very afraid of her. Abigail tells her that if she says anything she'll come for her and Mary Warren took that very seriously. She did not want to kill her, but she definitely did not like her. 

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