Using quotes when possible, explain why Abigail accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft in The Crucible.

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In addition to the other excellent answers provided here, I have another theory to offer. Perhaps the most obvious reason that Abigail accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft is that she can. In the prevailing climate of suspicion and accusation in Salem Village, the spiraling roster of names of the accused seems to enhance the excitement and titillation of the courtroom proceedings. Abigail and the other girls are named 'officials of the court' for their testimony, much of which consists of playacting in the form of demonic possession and childish acts of singsong repetition. Their social status is...

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Its her attempt to win John Proctor's love. She naively assumes that if Proctor's wife is dead, he will be free to continue the affair he originally had with her. However, this is where Abigail shows her "child"-like nature. She does not realize that John wants more than physical intimacy. If you read the last optional act, you'll see her confess that to John. 

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I would add that there is definitely a psychological factor to this. power is a new thing to this lowly maid, she no doubt uses this to make up for her previously worthless life. Now she can exact unjust revenge and take out her problems onto others. The phrase "oh ___ is just seeking attention" comes into play because Abigail did want attention, I would say that she was definitely not happy and depressed with her previous life.

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