Abigail's faults are quite obvious, but does she deserve the blame for the outcome of the play? Why or why not?

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While Abigail Williams does play a predominant role in the witch trials, one could sympathize with her difficult situation and acknowledge that she is not solely responsible for the disastrous outcome of the hearings. As a young woman growing up in Salem's austere Puritan society, Abigail is treated as a second-class citizen and expected to be silent and obedient. She also lives under the same roof as Reverend Parris, who is a domineering, callous man. Given her lowly status in society and unfortunate living situation, one cannot blame Abigail for enjoying the limelight. Essentially,...

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