Lying In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Lying comes naturally because it keeps telling others the truth knowing the relationship between two people may suffer. In The Crucible written in 1953 by Arthur Miller, characters are prone to lie not just to themselves, but also to their own friends. The Salem Witch Trials prosecuted around eighty people to death for suspecting them befriending the devil. Miller shows the major consequence for lying results in death. Characters in The Crucible lie in hopes of saving themselves from mass hysteria and the possibility of death. In Act One, Parris questions Abigail about him finding the girls' dancing in the woods. She replies, “We did dance, uncle, and when you leaped out of the bush so suddenly, Betty was frightened and then she fainted. And …show more content…

Abigail and John Proctor involve themselves into a secret relationship behind his wife. John, labeled by the court, commits the crime of adultery. Proctor initiates, ". . . I think it is not easy to prove she's fraud, and the town gone so silly. She told it in a room alone- I have no proof for it." Proctor never reveals an honest confession until now. He admits to Elizabeth he cheated on her which she suspected during the time. Elizabeth pleads with John to tell the truth at court to stop the innocent deaths of people and turn in the real problem- Abigail. By going to the court with hard proof, John's crime of adultery goes public. Interviewing each individual, Reverend Hale goes from person to person to find the Christian value in each. Hale discovers John skipped many church services. Excusing his absences, Proctor quickly replies, "Mr. Hale I never knew I must account to that man for I come to church or stay at home. My wife were sick this winter." However, the truth behind that lie reveals his dislike for Parris, the minister of the church. He complains Parris uses his position in the town at his advantage. Elizabeth, who believes lying does no good, lies later in court to save her husband's life. Danforth, who took charge in the court, questions, "Look at me! To your own knowledge has John Proctor ever committed the crime of lechery? Answer my question! Is your husband a

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