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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 feelings 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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mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted November 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM (Answer #4)

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Abigail is a selfish vindictive girl. She wants to feel like she has power. She is a bully and threatens her friends to keep quiet about the truth.

Abigail had become the housekeeper for John and Elizabeth Proctor. She and John have an affair, and when Elizabeth finds out about this, she fires Abigail. Abigail is furious at Elizabeth. She claims Elizabeth is spreading lies about her around town. Abigail thinks she is in love with John, and is convinced he feels the same way. 

"I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men: And now you bid me tear the light out of my eyes? I will not, I can not! You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!" 

After Abigail says this to John, he tells her he has no feelings for her. Abigail then sees Elizabeth as the woman who has everything she wants. Abigail concocts the entire story of witchcraft, to have Elizabeth executed, so she can marry John, and finally have everything she wants.

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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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