Use quotes to discuss how Abigail, Danforth, and John Proctor use their power and authority in The Crucible.

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At the end of Act One, Abigail sees her opportunity to manipulate the fear of those around her and gain power by "confessing" to witchcraft herself and accusing others. Tituba has already named Goody Osborne and Goody Good—and has been believed, without question—so Abigail picks up on this thread, accusing those same women and one other: Bridget Bishop. She says,

I want to open myself. I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osborne with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!

And so, with one short speech, Abigail goes from a powerless girl to a powerful accuser. She uses her words to align herself with God, acquiring some measure of divine authority in the eyes of her hearers.  

During the trials, Danforth tells Francis Nurse, in a show of his own power and authority,

. . . a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a...

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