Why does Abigail start accusing people at this point? the question is in the first act of the story

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To save herself. She knows that the penalty for practicing witchcraft is death by hanging. At first, she sees Tituba as the easiest target, but then things get out of hand. Eventually, thirty-nine people are accused.

Abigail becomes heady with power. Although she probably began her accusations to save her own neck, she comes to enjoy the thrill of having the town scramble around and loves watching the panic that ensues. As her power grows, she begins to wield it more skillfully (in her thinking), believing that she can get rid of her nemesis, Elizabeth Proctor. Elizabeth is her former lover's wife, and with her out of the picture, Abigail is sure the prize, John, will be hers.


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