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Abigail Williams was one of the initial accusers in the Salem witch trials of 1692, which led to the arrest and imprisonment of over 150 innocent people. Abigail, along with her cousin, began to suffer symptoms associated with spells of witchcraft, like hysterical chanting, seizures, and bodily harm. It is noted that Abigail’s body contorted into impossible positions. The accusations were against Sarah Goode, Sarah Osbourne, and a slave, Tituba, belonging to Abigail’s uncle. Goode and Osbourne were both executed on the claims of witchcraft. These trials put forward into motion the affliction of mass hysteria- where people’s psychosis perceived them to believe they were being afflicted with a contagious illness , and the trend of accusing innocent people of witchcraft and being in league with the devil. This put into motion the infamous Salem Witch Trials, which from February 1692 to May 1963. Abigail Williams is the main antagonist of Arthur Miller’s critically acclaimed play “The Crucible”.

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