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· Abigail is described as having an "endless capacity for dissembling." (pg 6) which shows she is a good liar.
· She is authoritative. This is shown almost immediately when she speaks to the other girls who were found
dancing in the forest. "Now look you. All of you." (pg 15) She takes control over them straight away.
· Further on in the play, you see Abigail again being very controlling, but this time towards Danforth and the
court. "I'll not have such looks." (pg 89)
·Abigail lives up to her reputation very early on when she begins to lie to stop herself from getting a
whipping. Although this means the people she names could be hanged, Abigail doesn't care as it won't
affect her. "Not I sir, - Tituba and Ruth."
· Abigail is a very influential figure. She has an ability to persuade others to act how she wants them to. "Let
you beware Mr Danforth" (pg 87) shows Abigail uses open threats to get what she wants. She doesn't even
need to speak to threaten Mary "Staring down at her remorselessly." (pg 84) and in the end manages to
influence Mary who acts as if she is "Infected." (pg 94) The use of this word helps portray Abigail as an
unwanted disease that is unavoidable.
· The fact that Abigail is a good actress helps her to win Danforth over to her side. She acts "Truly
frightened" (pg 87) when she is pretending to be pursued by the spirit of Mary Warren.
This picture shows Abigail at the front, this serves well as evidence towards her influential character as the others are
behind her both literally and metaphorically.…read more

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Abigail and John
Abigail and John had an affair when Abigail worked as a maid for the Proctor household. Elements of this
relationship are still apparent when they meet in the town of Salem on their own.
· John looks at Abigail with a "knowing smile" (pg 16) at the start of the play. This shows although he
regrets the relationship, he still thinks of her affectionately.
· Abigail has a "nervous laugh" (pg 17) around John which shows she is still shy even after everything they
have gone through. She still likes him.
· Abigail is desperate for John, "feverishly looking into his eyes" (pg 17) She looks as if looking for a sign of *
· John knows what happened between them can't happen again "That's done with." (pg 17) although he
enjoys flirtation he won't go back down that route.
· Proctor calls Abigail "child" (pg 18) which shows he still thinks her too young and not mature enough.
Clearly when he looked to Abigail, it was just meant to be a fling.
· Later on in the play, "without warning or hesitation, Proctor leaps at Abigail." (pg 88) which shows all
kind feelings toward her have vanished. He calls her a "Whore" (pg 88) and a "lump of vanity" (pg 89) Now
he clearly does not think fondly of her. He has lost all respect for her.
· "It is not a child." (pg 84) Proctor says this as if he can not even see Abigail as human. He also finds a child
too innocent to describe Abigail as one.
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Abigail and Danforth Abigail and Elizabeth
Abigail is very controlling. A good example of this is Abigail hates Elizabeth because she has John even
her behaviour toward Danforth throughout the though Abigail feels she deserves him.
play. · Abigail thinks of Elizabeth as a "cold, snivelling
· Although Danforth is generally intransigent woman" (pg 9) and "a bitter woman" (pg 9) This is
(stubborn) Abigail manages to persuade him to do clearly said out of spite as Elizabeth is not seen this
what she wants him to. She manages to turn any way by any other.
questions away from her whenever she is · Elizabeth knows Abigail hates her. "She wants me
doubted. "To be mistrusted, denied, questioned dead." (pg 50) She knows immediately that when
like a ­" (pg 87) she was accused, it was by Abigail.
· Danforth, although stubborn, is swayed by · Elizabeth is shocked at how far Abigail would go
Abigail. As soon as he begins to doubt her, she to spite Elizabeth "She must be ripped out of the
manages to change his feelings back. "Engaged and world!" (pg 62)
entered by Abigail." (pg 87) At one point Danforth · Elizabeth fears she "thinks to kill me, then to take
almost begins to think Abigail "false" (pg 91) when my place" (pg 50) "place" means with John, to be
he "seems to be struck by Mary Warren's story" his lover, instead of Elizabeth.
(pg 86) but Abigail soon turns the tables once again
and Danforth starts "weakening" (pg 87) soon
enough. This shows how good an actor Abigail is,
and how strongly Danforth believes in witchery.
· At the end of the book, Abigail leaves Salem with
Parris's money. Danforth begins to realise perhaps
the previous 12 people should not have been
hanged. "I shall do my utmost" (pg 103) Sadly, he
has realised this farce all too late and feels he Abigail acts as though under attack from Mary
cannot prevent the other's as it shows weakness Warren's spirit.
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· The first time you hear about Parris, Miller says there is "Little good to be said of him" (pg 1) Miller says he
"cut a villainous path" (pg 1) All these descriptions of Parris show he is not well liked.
· Parris is portrayed as a paranoid man. He says he has "many enemies" (pg 8) He feels persecuted all the
· When Parris says "The ministry is at stake, my ministry and perhaps your cousin's life." (pg 8) this shows he
puts his position in the ministry before the life of Betty. His priorities are quite twisted.
· Parris begins the witch trials a confident and arrogant man. "This is a clear attack against the court" (pg
75) shows he puts full trust into the Salem witch trials and anyone who doesn't must be on the other side.
He is portrayed as narrow-minded.
· However, towards the end of the play, Parris has "a mad look these days" (pg 99) he isn't quite right in the
mind and Abigail's departure has left him scarred, and with doubts in his mind as to whether or not the girls
were completely true.
· At the very end of the play, Parris tries to almost redeem himself with Proctor. He tries to save his life by
postponing the hangings to give them time. "I would postpone these hangin's for a time" (pg 102)
Parris is trying to find out what is wrong with
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Parris and Danforth Parris and Proctor
· Parris generally irritates Danforth. "Mr · Proctor also doesn't think highly of Parris.
Parris I bid you be silent" (pg 81) also "his · Proctor says "you hardly ever mention God anymore" (pg
contempt for Parris is clear" (pg 81) 23) this shows Proctor feels Parris is a bad Reverend so he
which shows Danforth doesn't make an doesn't go to church often as he feels the sermons are not
effort to hide how much he dislikes related to God.
Parris. · "I see no light of God in that man" (pg 54) Proctor clearly
· Danforth shows he doesn't think highly strongly dislikes Parris. He also doesn't trust him as minister.
of Parris numerous times. "Mr Parris you · Parris doesn't like Proctor either at the beginning. "I am not
are a brainless man" (pg 101) blind; there is a faction and a party" (pg 24) This shows again
Parris's paranoid side but the fact that this is directed at
Proctor shows Parris thinks Proctor is the main culprit of this
· Parris knows Proctor hates him "since I come to Salem this
man is blackening my name" (pg 84)
· At the end, after Abigail has left, Parris tries to redeem
himself "If you desire a cup of cider" (pg 107) he has realised
he was wrong and Proctor doesn't deserve to die. So this is
almost his way of apology.
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Paul Dutton

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