Interpersonal strong example being Mary Warren who wanted
Interpersonal quarrels and a lack of mistrust among the community is what guides the plot of The Crucible throughout stages of mayhem. Although external factors such as the community, personal situations, and the courts contributed to the Salem witch trials, the most flagitious and appalling acts were committed by Abigail Williams, her motives delivering nothing but calamity to those around her. The preliminary problems began with Abigail dancing in a forest and drinking blood, along with her friends Ruth Putnam and Betty Parris who eventually became ill due to the claimed “witchcraft” Abigail was performing. She feared punishment and ridicule from those in her neighborhood if the truth came out and thus began to transfer blame to people around her in order to protect herself, portraying her authentic selfishness. Abigail further commanded authority in order to instill fear and intimidation among her peers, not afraid to utilize violence and accuse them of witchcraft if their loyalty was proven to be false, a strong example being Mary Warren who wanted to do the morally righteous act but was cautious because “Abigail would will kill her me for sayin’ that! (80). The following pandemonium, including tireless efforts in court and incivility among the citizens could have been easily avoided if Abigail had simply owned up to her mistakes and explained the true nature of what the girls had been doing. Abigail additionally darkened her name when she was involved in a relationship with John Proctor, the only person she seemed to care for throughout the play. Although John initially broke off their relationship and persistently stated to Abigail that “I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again”, Abigail constantly tried to rekindle it; she still saw herself as the ideal wife for John and thus felt the need to eliminate Elizabeth from his life and the overall picture (23). She began to accuse Elizabeth of witchcraft, falsely using a needle and stabbing herself with it, claiming that Elizabeth’s soul had done it. Her negligence caused John and Elizabeth to live rather despondent lives, consisting of unnecessary accusations along with a conflicted marriage. In the conclusion when John Proctor is convicted to hang, Abigail’s harshness and indifference that was present throughout the majority of the play returns, as she feels no culpability for her actions. She leaves Salem and her alleged “love of her life” along with the community to suffer, without so much as a second thought or a glance back. The sharp contrast between Abigail and John is meticulously crafted and is shown when he turns himself in because of all the guilt buried inside of him, as well as in order to protect Elizabeth and his friends in town. He confesses to practicing witchcraft, saving Abigail from her own mortality, which is proven to be the solution to all conflicts, rather than the problem itself.