Lies In The Crucible

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People fear of things they don’t know. This fear can grow to a size that people start to get rid of the subject of the unknown and sometimes it can end up a Salem witch hunt or McCarthyism. There are many people that use lies to get what they want and there are even more people who would believe in those lies. That is the case of Abigail in The Crucible. It starts when she is lying to save herself from being accused of practicing witchcraft but after some time she is starting to use power of the fact that others believe in her lies. She accused Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft so she can be with John and she is lying to force Mary Warren to join their side again. In the beginning of the play, when the girls are just about to try to wake up Betty but Mr. Parris will come in while, Abigail says, “No, he’ll be comin’ up. Listen, now; if they be questioning us, tell them we danced-I told him as much already” (Miller 174). She is lying to save herself and she is expecting others to do the same and they will. In middle of the play when John Proctor just tells Mr. Hale that Abigail told him she is lying the whole time, “Abigail Williams told you it had naught to do with witchcraft” (Miller 200). Clear proof of Abigail lying. And in end of the play when John Proctor is talking to Elizabeth and he is considering to lie to save his life, “I have been thinking I would confess to them Elizabeth. What say you? If I give them that” (Miller 236).
Even John Proctor is considering to lie for
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