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What Motivates Abigail and the Girls?

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Ian Bellar

on 17 September 2015

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Transcript of What Motivates Abigail and the Girls?

The other girls were various teenagers who lived in Salem. They were Betty, Ruth, Mary Warren, Mercy Lewis, and Tituba. Betty was the daughter of Reverend Paris, also the employer of Abigail. Ruth is Putnam's only child. Mary Warren is a servant of the Proctor's house. Mercy Lewis is another girl that lives in Salem and is in Abigail's group.
Why Did The Other Girls Follow Abigail?
The other girls followed Abigail because she was the most mature. She was the only one who was not "pure", or a virgin. Because of this the girls respected her as their leader, and Abigail viewed herself as more mature than the others.
Who is Abigail?
Abigail Williams was one of the main accusers in the Salem, as well as the trials in the Crucible. She showed signs of fits and hysterics in mid-January 1692. She and her 9-year-old cousin Betty were the first two afflicted girls in Salem Village. Abigail gave formal testimony at 7 cases, and she was involved in as many as 17 capital cases.
Why did Abigail Do All Such Things?
Other Conspiracies
The Motivation
Motivation? The motivation that the girls had was Abigail. If the girls didn't cooperate with Abigail they feared that she would do something to them. However, Abigail had her own motivation. Being entrusted with such power that the court gave Abigail she saw a way to get to John Proctor.
Conclusion
In the end, it was Abigail's lust for John Proctor that motivated the girls to do this. When they were caught dancing, Abigail used the situation to take the blame away from the girls and to get Proctor's wife accused of witchcraft witch would leave him all to her.
What Motivates Abigail and the Girls?
Who were the girls with Abigail?
Abigail had a deep emotional (and physical) connection to John Proctor, and was prepared to do whatever was needed to get back to him.
To avoid severe punishment for casting spells, adultery and attempted murder when she plots Elizabeth's death
Mary

Tituba

Betty
You can see this when Abigail uses the poppet. Abigail has accused many others. They were lower class however,it was easy to say there were witches. When it came to Elizabeth she needed proof.
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