How does Miller portray the women in his play?

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The range of females in this play is incredible.
We have Abigail Williams, who is entirely self-centered and will get what she wants, no matter what.
We have Tituba who is unhappy in the New World and longs to go back to Barbados. In spite of her lack of formal education, she is bright and figures out how to tell the people what they want to hear.
Elizabeth Proctor, John tells us, never lies. And yet she is willing to perjure herself to save John's life. She values honesty above all else and so she will not intervene after John has torn up his confession "He hath his goodness now..."
Rebecca Nurse is a wise and saintly woman. She is familiar with the world (for example, she understands the problems brought about by bringing Rev. Hale into...

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