The Aspects Of Themes In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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Themes are evident in all works of literature. In any story, an author’s theme is an underlying lesson that they believe readers can learn by reading their work. Themes also can provide deeper meanings to stories. An author shows their theme in many careful and thought out ways. They can do this through characters, dialogue or thoughts, settings and even events or actions that happen in the story. Themes are an important part of stories because they provide a lesson or idea that allows the reader to connect more and become engaged with a story. The Crucible, has an overall theme of how dishonesty, greed and suspicion can lead to false accusations. One example of this theme in The Crucible is the dishonesty of the people and how that leads to false accusations. An example of this would be in Act One, when Abigail lies to Parris about dancing in the woods with the other girls. “We did dance, uncle…and there’s the whole of it.” (10) Abby lies and says nothing other than that dancing happened in the woods, even though the girls did in fact dance naked, conjure spirits and make potions. This lie later lead to the false accusation of Tituba. Abigail accuses Tituba of bewitching her, which is why she did the things listed before. An additional example in Act Three of dishonesty leading to false accusations, from Abby once again, would be her lying about the poppet that was found at the Proctor house. Mary Warren, when she came home from court earlier, gave Elizabeth Proctor the

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