Abigail Williams is depicted as a cruel, manipulative girl, who lies about witnessing innocent citizens collude with the devil in order to avoid being punished for dancing in the woods and attain a revered position in society. In act one, the adults leave Betty's room and Abigail illustrates her aggressive, cruel nature by threatening the other girls. Abigail tells them,
Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parents’ heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down! (Miller, 21)
The other girls fear Abigail and recognize that she is capable of harming them if they do not corroborate her story. Later in the first act, Abigail deflects attention towards Tituba and uses her as a...
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