However, she possesses shrewd insight and a capacity for strategy that reveal maturity beyond that of most other characters.
Declaring witchcraft provides her with instant status and recognition within Salem, which translates into power.
Her strategy includes establishing her credibility with the court and then eliminating Elizabeth.
The achievement of her plot requires cold calculation, and so Abigail carefully selects the individuals that she accuses in order to increase her credibility.
Reviews of the 1953 Broadway premiere highlighted Miller’s political passion and daring; the play was certainly a response to, and a kind of baiting of, the House Un-American Activities Committee.
But to many, the passion was achieved at the cost of theatrical imagination.
At the end of the play, when Abigail realizes that her plan has failed and that she has condemned Proctor to hang, she displays the same cold indifference that governs her actions throughout the play.
She flees Salem, leaving Proctor without so much as a second glance.
These admirable qualities often lead to creativity and a thirst for life; however, Abigail lacks a conscience to keep herself in check.
As a result, she sees no folly in her affair with Proctor.