Abigail Williams ‘John Proctor: She is a whore!’
Reputation • Abigail begins the play with a clear reputation, and will do anything to keep this so. • ‘My name is good in the village. I will not have it said my name is soiled. Goody Proctor is a gossiping liar!’
Character Development • Abigail’s character changes from an innocent girl to an malicious vengeful girl. • ‘A wild thing may say wild things’
Jealousy • Abigail had strong desires for John Proctor and was willing to do what she had to to get him. Even if this meant lying in court, to see Elizabeth Proctor dead. • ‘Betty: You drank blood Abby!’ • ‘Betty: You did, you did. You drank a charm to kill John Proctors wife. You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!’
Abigail's last appearance! • Abby’s last appearance in the crucible is in act 3. When she is in the court accusing Mary Warren of witchcraft. • ‘Look out, she’s coming down!’
THE LEGEND HAS IT THAT ABIGAIL TURNED UP LATER AS A PROSTITUTE IN BOSTON.
Intro. Reverend Parris,the minister of Salem’s church, is a paranoid, power-hungry, yet oddly self-pitying figure. Many of the townsfolk, especially John Proctor, dislike him, and Parris is very concerned with building his position in society.
Act 1 We first meet Parris when he is praying by his daughters bedside when she is behaving similarly to someone in a coma. This leads us to believe that he is worried for his daughters well being, but as the act continues we then get the impression that he is more concerned about his reputation within the community.For example, in the quotation below, Parris is talking about what he feels the people will make of witchcraft happening in his household. Parris: “In my house? In my house, Thomas? They will topple me with this! They will make of it a-”
Parris the Preacher • Parris’ preaching of hellfire and damnation cause many of Salem’s residents not to attend his service. Procter: “I like it not that Mr Parris should lay his hand upon my baby. I see no light of God in that man. I’ll not conceal it.”
Reaction to John Procter being hung. • Parris begs John Procter to sign to confess that he compacted with the devil to prevent John being hung and to save his life. Parris has realised that his niece, Abigail Williams, has lied about the witchcraft in order to get rid of Elizabeth and therefore keep John for herself.
Echoes down the corridor Not long after the fever died, Parris was voted from office, walked out on the highroad, and was never heard of again.