The Crucible

Arthur Miller
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Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

9) Why is Elizabeth Proctor accused of witchcraft?

Elizabeth Proctor is accused of witchcraft by Abigail Williams because Abigail wants to marry Elizabeth’s husband, John, with whom she had an affair while serving in the Proctor household. “She wants me dead,” says Elizabeth of Abigail, and indeed, Abigail does intend for Elizabeth to die. To accomplish this, Abigail makes it look like Elizabeth is practicing witchcraft by claiming that Elizabeth sticks needles in the poppet that Mary Warren gave Elizabeth in order to cause Abigail pain. Readers know, however, that Abigail sticks herself with needles in order to provide evidence of Elizabeth’s “crime.”