How does the disappearence of Abigail Williams affect the resolution of The Crucible?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Given the fact that we do not know for certain where Abigail is or how she winds up bears a great deal on the nature of the accusations.  Abigail has taken money and fled.  This is about the most we know.  We do find out that she has left for Boston and has become a prostitute.  The reality is that her abrupt disappearance and lack of resolution in terms of her departure could be symbolic of the accusations and trials, themselves.  They were "full of sound and fury, yet signifying nothing" substantial.  The lack of evidence and credibility surrounding the trials is representative of Abigail's actions themselves, which were histrionic and dramatic, yet not very worthwhile in terms of evidence.  Abigail's departure highlights the illusory nature of the charges of witchcraft.  At the same time, her departure is akin to a storm that brings about much in the way of destruction and leaves for others to reassemble what is left of their broken homes.  The reality is that Abigail herself was that very story, and her departure is representative of this.