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How is Abigail Williams manipulative? 5 examples would be awesome =)

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Posted October 25, 2010 at 9:20 AM via web

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How is Abigail Williams manipulative?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 25, 2010 at 9:46 AM (Answer #1)

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Abigail begins the story in Act I by trying to manipulate all of the girls into a defense of what they were doing in the forest. She says:

Now look you. All of you. We danced... And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy rechoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it."

This demonstrates the lengths Abigail will go to in order to achieve her purpose of remaining free from blame for what Betty is going through.

Another example occurs as John Proctor enters the scene. She tries to convince him that the two of them should remain together:

I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! I never knew what pretense Salem was... And now you bid me tear the light out of my eyes? I will not, I cannot! You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet! John, pity me, pity me!

In this situation, Abigail believes if she just insists on Proctor's participation, he'll give into her. She also uses many gestures of affection.

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