Throughout the play, Abigail Williams is portrayed as a malevolent, wicked individual, who falsely accuses innocent citizens of witchcraft and increases the hysteria throughout the community. Initially, Abigail is depicted as a rebellious child who gets caught dancing in the woods with other girls her age. Later on, it is revealed that Abigail drank blood to curse Elizabeth Proctor. Abigail's affair with John Proctor is revealed and motivates her to harm Elizabeth later in the play. Abigail's true nature is portrayed when she threatens the other girls so as to corroborate her story. Abigail says,
Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parents’ heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down! (Miller, 30).
Abigail then casts the blame on several innocent citizens to avoid being punished for her rebellious exploits in the woods. Once Abigail is given the authority to accuse citizens, she begins to manipulate the community and court officials by fainting and acting like she sees spirits. In act 2, Abigail attempts to get rid of Elizabeth Proctor so that she can have John to herself. Abigail notices that Mary Warren made a poppet in court and stuck her needle inside it. Later that night, Abigail, knowing that the poppet will be in the Proctor home, stabs herself with a needle before she blames her wound on Elizabeth's spirit.
In act 3, Proctor reveals that he has had an affair with Abigail in an attempt to tarnish her honorable reputation, but she immediately begins to act like she is being attacked by spirits. Abigail's vengeful, nefarious personality is portrayed throughout the play and her false accusations create an atmosphere of hysteria throughout Salem. Innocent citizens die because of Abigail's false testimonies, and consequently, she is depicted as a villain throughout the play.