How does deflection motivate Abigail Williams' actions and drive the plot of "The Crucible"?

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At the end of act 1, Abigail Williams deflects negative attention onto Reverend Parris's slave, Tituba, in order to protect herself from further questioning or punishment, and her accusation leads to others, beginning the avalanche of accusations that eventually results in the deaths of more than a dozen innocent people. Abigail is questioned pretty intensely by Mr. Hale, and, when the opportunity arises for her to point the finger at someone even less respected than she is, she takes it. As soon as Tituba enters the room, Abigail points at her, claiming "She made me do it! She made Betty do it!" Abigail clearly knows that she will be believed if she blames Tituba; Tituba is a black woman, and she's a slave. There are few people lower in status than a young woman of questionable reputation in this community, but Tituba would be one of them. Abigail claims all manner of strange things—that Tituba "makes [her] drink blood," that Tituba "sends her spirit on [Abigail] in church; she makes [Abigail] laugh at prayer" and "dream corruptions"—and she is believed without question. Tituba is then threatened with bodily harm, even death, and coerced to confess. After this, Tituba need only name a few names, people already suspected of guilt, and the accusations are rolling. Before the end of the act, eleven more innocents are named as witches, and it all began with Abigail's deflection of attention from herself.

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