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What are Abigail's feeling toward John Proctor in "The Crucible"? Why is she...

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chelsearenee | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 27, 2008 at 8:16 AM via web

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What are Abigail's feeling toward John Proctor in "The Crucible"? Why is she antagonistic toward Elizabeth Proctor?

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted October 27, 2008 at 8:30 AM (Answer #1)

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Abigail is in love with John Proctor.  When she worked for the Proctors, she and John had a brief affair. John regretted it almost immediately and Elizabeth, suspicious of the looks passing between John and Abigail, let Abigail go. Abigail still loves John and she not only is antagonistic toward Elizabeth because Elizabeth asked Abigail to leave the Proctor house, she is jealous of Elizabeth.  Abigail sees Elizabeth as an impediment to her own happiness and she thinks if Elizabeth is out of the way, she can have John.  Abigail also accuses Elizabeth of spreading rumors about her in the town.


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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 27, 2008 at 9:30 AM (Answer #2)

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Abigail wants Elizabeth Proctor dead, plain and simple.  She is antagonistic because she can't wait to get rid of her, she wants John Proctor free to marry her.  

Once she accuses her of witchcraft, and succeeds in using the poppet, she fully expects her to be executed for witchcraft.


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wheelchair | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 10, 2009 at 5:37 AM (Answer #3)

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what has abigail been doing in the wood with other girls


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