The Crucible

Act 1

Read the following example of dialogue and then explain what is revealed about the character through the dialogue: ABIGAIL: Now look at you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters. And that is all. And mark this. 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; I saw Indians smash my dear parents’ heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!

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Abbigail shows herself to be an aggressive manipulator of all the girls. She uses fear and the threat of violence to control the narrative.