In the novel, “The Crucible”, Arthur Miller uses Abigail’s character to show that when one’s feelings are repressed, they will eventually express those feelings through their actions; and when one is affected by fear, they will tend to make rash, poor decisions. When one is prohibited from speaking their mind, they will be forced to show how they feel through their actions. During Puritan times, it was highly discouraged to show any sort of emotion. Hence, when Abigail Williams wanted to steal John Proctor from his wife, she couldn’t exactly come forward and say so. With this in mind, Abigail began this great scandal where she and a number of her friends pretended to see the devil, and started accusing mass amounts of people in the town of practicing witchcraft- specifically Proctor’s wife. Abigail’s goal was to either have Goody Proctor jailed or killed, so Proctor would be available. Although her intentions seemed pretty obvious, the Proctors were the only ones who recognized it, “She wants me dead, John, and you know it!” (Miller 60). Originally, Proctor was in denial that Abigail would go to such extremes to get what she wanted, until his wife made it clear to him that she was willing to do anything if it meant having Proctor at her side. Knowing that his wife was in extreme danger, Proctor’s next step was to convince the court of Abigail’s true intentions, even if it meant casting away his good name, “She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly” (110). Proctor confesses to the court that he had committed lechery with Abigail, which adds a lot of weight to his argument- yet also puts him in danger of jail time. If Abigail didn’t have to hide her feelings for John because of society’s rules, she wouldn’t have felt the need to put anyone in danger. However, Abigail may have opened up an opportunity to everyone in Salem, as the whole town seemed to have been holding back feelings of anger and hatred. So, after seeing what Abigail and her friends were doing, the accusations suddenly came flying out. Again, the Proctors are the only ones in the town who hadn’t fallen for the girls’ act, and he attempts to explain that the people are only being accused in vengeance, not because they are actually witches, “I’ll tell you what’s walking Salem- vengeance is walking Salem… and common vengeance writes the law! This warrant’s vengeance! I’ll not give my wife to vengeance!” (77). Clearly witchcraft wasn’t infesting Salem, but instead it was people who have always wanted to get back at someone else but couldn’t- and now they finally have their shot to. With that being said, perhaps the Salem Witch Trials could’ve been avoided if people were able to just speak their minds instead of having to show how they feel through extreme actions. Furthermore, when someone is frightened, they will tend to act differently than they normally would, making rash decisions that later result in consequences. Near the beginning of the novel, Abigail and her friends were caught dancing in the woods by her uncle, Parris. However, Parris really didn’t get a good look at everything that went on, including Abby drinking chicken blood- which is a prime example of witchcraft. Afterwards, with everyone who was in the woods now in one room, she makes a terrifying threat that shook them to their cores, “Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it…” (20). In other words, Abby threatens to kill anyone who speaks of what happens in the woods. And, to nobody’s surprise, the girls keep their mouth shut and commit to her little game. The girls appear in court and pretend to faint due to the “devil’s presence” on Abby’s command, which will send people to rope. They are all willing to let someone else die before their own life is taken; which proves that when people are scared- specifically by the thought of death- they’ll act differently than they normally would. Surely the girls wouldn’t send innocent people off to die if their lives weren’t on the line. To further this point, many people also lied when they were scared. One strange thing that the court did was they would praise the accused that confessed to committing witchcraft, and would kill those who refused to admit it. Now, when the accused were told they would keep their lives if they said they did the devils’ work, of course they were going to do just that. Proctor, as always, instantly caught on to what was happening, “And why not, if they must hang for denyin’ it? There are them that will swear to anything before they’ll hang” (69). There are very few things that humans are more scared of than losing their lives. So, even though the Puritans dedicated parts of their lives to being honest, they didn’t have to think twice about lying if it meant they got to survive- proving that people will act different when they’re scared. Now, going back to Abigail’s friends, they’d all agreed to follow her directions out of fear of being killed. One of her friends, though, Mary Warren, was forced by Proctor into telling the truth. Proctor threatened to whip her if she didn’t come with him to the court, so she went. Again, it’s that affect of fear that gets people to do things they don’t want to do. Mary Warren was still terrified to go, as she knew there would be consequences from Abigail, “She’ll kill me for sayin’ that! Abby’ll charge lechery on you, Mr. Proctor!” (80). Now, this was before John had confessed it himself, so there was the possibility that Abigail could turn everything on Mary and Proctor. Mary Warren knew this, and as she was telling the court everything- staring into Abby’s eyes- she broke, “…hysterically pointing at Proctor, fearful of him: My name, he want my name. ‘I’ll murder you,’ he says, ‘if my wife hangs! We must go overthrow the court,’ he says!” (119). She couldn’t do it; she was too scared of what Abigail might’ve done to her. She accuses Proctor of witchcraft and conspiracy to overthrow the court, then runs into Abby’s arms and apologizes. Mary knew what the right thing to do was. She knew that she would be stopping all the lies and would be saving countless innocent people from death. But, instead, fear got the best of her, and she continued with her lying ways.