Arthur Miller shows that betrayal destroys relationships and communities in most occasions in his play The Crucible. It seems that most people in this small town of Salem committed to betraying others. Others may say that the play was not based on or even about betrayal because there was a lot about faith and other topics. Whether they knew it or not, they all betrayed someone. Mary betrayed John when she called him the Devils man. Abigail betrayed Mary when she started to yell at Mary telling her not to jump. Elizabeth didn't know it, but she betrayed John by saying he wasn't a lecher.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller was written during the cold war. He explored many themes. One of these themes was Hatred. Hatred is defined as intense dislike. Hatred is a major theme in this story because it affected the story by showing strong feelings of one character to another.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a dramatic play that expresses a very important message and that is how far people would go to save themselves from the hands of death. There are many characters in the Crucible who are guilty of taking innocent lives, but there are three major characters who, without a doubt, are the most at blame. The play takes place in the city of Salem, a city filled with people that would do anything to keep their reputation clean. Throughout the play, Miller is introducing multiple characters that experience changes in their decisions and negatively influence more people eventually leading up to the witch trials. The main point that the story revolves around is that people would rather lie and blame someone else instead of confessing and accepting the punishment. By examining the characters of the play, I believe that the three major characters who should be blamed the most for the witch trials are Abigail Williams,
Justice is key to the functionality of society. However, individuals often have a different understanding of what it means to carry out justice. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail’s search for recompense and righteousness is, in reality, a search for revenge. Though unsuccessful, this search portrays Abigail’s character develops the subject of vengeance into a theme of the work. Abigail’s understanding, or rather, misunderstanding of justice develops character and theme within the work.
“The Crucible” brought a lot of messages to the readers, some more obvlious than others. The main points of the play was Weakness, Courage, and Truth. Weakness that represents that we shouldn't let our weakness get in the way of telling the truth and how we feel. Courage as in being brave enough to face the truth in things. And then there is truth, which represents
In Arthur Miller’s historical fiction play The Crucible (1953), he created loyal and unloyal figures that either stay true to their beliefs or falter in order to save themselves. Multiple selfish characters such as Thomas Putnam, his wife, and Abigail Williams manipulate others for their own gain- with no regard to any loyalty toward those people they have known for years. In The Crucible, the town of Salem goes into a panic when people are accused of witchcraft, and long-term friends start turning on each other. Loyalty does not matter, because people are either trying to save themselves or get something from it by using other people. Many people disregard loyalty and allow self-interest to overcome their integrity.
“People show who they are when put through difficult times.” It is true that in difficult situations your true self is shown. In the play, Crucible, Written by Arthur Miller you are shown the true dynamics of certain characters. It shows whether a character is moral or immoral from their doings. Characters John Proctor, Reverend Hale,and Mary Warren are all put into a situation that changes who they are by the end of the play.
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing Himself.” Leo Tolstoy is correct about how we like to blame others before we see each other. However In “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller. There are Dramatic changes in many characters and their journies. One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go.
The Crucible focuses on the inconsistencies of the Salem Witch Trials and the extreme behavior that can result from dark desires and hidden agendas. The motions of the play vary from sneaky, dark, and sad to times of love and desire. The witch trials were full of hysteria which also had a strong role in tearing up the community of Salem. The people became very active in the hysterical climate and not only out of genuine religious piety but also because it gave them a chance to express repressed sentiments and to act on their long held grudges. John Proctor is the main character of The Crucible and is a much tormented individual. His affair with Abigail Williams, another character, irreparably damaged him in the eyes of God, himself and also
Moral Weakness An anonymous person once said, “Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain” (CoolnSmart.com). This idea is one many characters from The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, struggled with. In this 1600 Salem society, many characters abandon their morals and act in spite, fear or love in order to achieve some level of personal gain. Based on these actions, the overwhelming theme in The Crucible is moral weakness.
In 1692, a group of girls in Salem, Massachusetts fell ill and caused a growing crisis for the townspeople. Because of all the crisis in the town, there was betrayal, fear, and reputations was ruined. Accusations got out of hand and soon enough people could not control the lies and all the power of the devil. All the lies piled up; the lies that were started brought many people of Salem to their deaths. Nineteen people die during the trials for supposedly committing witchcraft. Abigail Williams pettiness was the start to all of the chaos, the reason nineteen innocent people died, and the reason people betrayed others.
Through the Salem witch trials, twenty-four innocent people lost their lives due to betrayal. They were hung because they were accused and found to be guilty of witchcraft. In reality, everyone that was accused and had died were innocent, but used as targets by others to save their own lives. In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, out of fear, Abigail Williams, Mary Warren, Mercy Lewis, and Reverend Hale betrayed their morals to save themselves. As a result of betrayal, lives were taken, relationships were ruined, and trusts were broken.
I feel as though most of the betrayal shown in this story wasn’t meant to actually happen the way it did. They felt like some stuff was meant to happen to have a better outcome. As they had said in the story about sacrifice. Some things might was bad for them to do but they did it just to try to please somebody else or better yet to please themselves. Quoted by
In the play The Crucible, character such as Abigail and Thomas Putnam seek revenge from others, so much so that it becomes and recurring theme throughout the play. The theme of revenge can best be shown through the characters Abigail Williams, Thomas Putnam, and Giles Corey.