As Abigail comes in conflict with Hale and her uncle, how does she react? look belowWhat might this suggest about some people seemingly in unwinnable position in a situation of conflict?

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The variety of things Abigail does can be labeled as scape-goating, blaming, and changing the subject. Abigail is pretty manipulative and this must be a learned behavior from her past because she is a gifted manipulator.

It's hard to determine if many people would act like Abigail. I'd like to think more of society is like John Proctor than Abigail. At least when he does wrong he feels guilt and wants to do right in the future. Many people in an unwinnable situation will admit defeat and move along. However, those like Abigail, those who have to win, will often do so at all costs, whether that means lying or incriminating others.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my opinion, what Abigail does at this point is two things.  First, she lies.  Second, she lashes out and tries to use those lies to point the finger at other people.

Both of these things are connected.  What Abigail is trying to do is to save herself by making others look bad.  So she starts lying about why Elizabeth Proctor has done and about what Tituba has done.

What this tells me, at least, is that people in that kind of situation will do just about anything to get themselves out of trouble.

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