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Essay | Is Abigail a Victim or a Perpetrator of Conflict?

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Is Abigail a Victim or a Perpetrator of Conflict?

Summary: In Arthur Miller's "The Crucible", the character Abigail is often naïve and childishly selfish, yet is able to exploit human weaknesses and flaws. Abigail brings out a range of emotion in the audience, at times evoking sympathy as an apparent victim in a far greater scheme, and at other times being the perpetrator of conflict and using the power and control she has over many situations to her advantage. Due to her misguided sense of power, however, she loses her position in society and John Proctor, whose love she ultimately wanted.
In Arthur Miller's "The Crucible", the character Abigail is used as a tool to convey to the audience the hypocrisy and irony of their society. The time of Salem is used as a metaphor for the society that Miller himself was a part of and through his use of the Salem witch trials has been able to comment on the foolish hysteria that gripped the United States in the McCarthyism time period. Abigail's character is at many times an ambiguous character that although recognizes and is able to exploit human weaknesses and flaws, is often naïve and childishly selfish. Abigail arises a range of emotion in the audience that although often tends towards her being the perpetrator of conflict, also at certain times awakes a sense of sympathy towards her as being the victim, involved in a far greater scheme...

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