Abigail Lies In The Crucible

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“One lie is enough to question all truths,” starting from the time the audience finds out that Abigail lied about being naked in the forest in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, readers have a hard time believing anything and everything that comes out of her mouth henceforth. At first, it is difficult to find a motivation for Abigail’s lies, but as the plot unfolds, her motives as well as the motives of the other townsfolk who lie are revealed. According to Arthur Miller in The Crucible, circumstances that incite fear, love, greed, hatred, and ego motivate people to lie; these motives have always existed and all trace back to one common root, the desire to protect someone, either yourself or someone else. I believe that if one lies to protect a…show more content…
There is not a person alive who has not lied, be it a little white lie or a whopper. It is highly probable that Arthur Miller created Thomas Putnam’s character based off people in the McCarthy era who accused others of being dreaded communists for the sole purpose of monetary or material benefits. Similar to Thomas Putnam’s motive, the duke and the king from Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn lie about their royal status in order to loot money from their audiences. In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a non-fiction novel, Henrietta Lacks lies about her fatal disease to her family and friends out of love, she does not want them to worry about her. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlett Letter lies about his adulterous affair in order to prevent tarnishing his virtuous reputation in Puritan Massachusetts. A lie that I often tell is one out of greed, if my little brother asks me where the T.V. remote is I tell him I don’t know when I know because then I can claim I found it first and be the one that gets to watch. Just like Thomas Putnam and the king and the duke, I too sometimes lie to get things to go my
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