Abigail Williams vs. John Proctor
After reading scenes one through three in act one, it became apparent to me that neither John Proctor nor Abigail Williams had any positive character traits. Both characters have hidden motives and seem to lie excessively. At this point, I can find no positive character traits for John Proctor or Abigail Williams. On the other hand, I can think of two or more negative character traits for both characters. Abigail Williams sees herself as superior, yet she is a very resentful person. The author shows Abigail's superiority when all of the talk about witchcraft troubles her uncle; Abigail thinks she should be the authority. When she says, "Uncle, the rumor of witchcraft is all about; I think you'd best go down and deny
Abigail Williams also shows a bit of resentment in the play. Let them send to Barbados for any of them!" (12). When her uncle discusses her work for the Proctors, she says that "they want slaves, not such as I. She says, "I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! You loved me John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!" (24). John Proctor is an unfaithful man. it yourself," (9) she is showing her knowledge of social situations and giving her uncle, who is much older the she, advice. Not only did he commit adultery, which was seen as immoral in a very religious community, but he also took advantage of a servant in his employ and abused the trust given him as an employer as well as the trust of his wife. Abigail also thinks of herself as superior to the natives of Barbados. a""Abby, youa"""ll put it out of mind. After Abigail's brief affair with John Proctor, she cannot accept the fact that the relationship has ended. She accuses Mary of being a witch, too. Abigail's bitterness of her friend's betrayal causes her to seek revenge. Although John does realize he has done something wrong, it does not make it right. Finally, Abigail's superior character is apparent through her statements to John Proctor about his wife Elizabeth. Although he is physically strong, his weakness comes from his relationship with Abigail.