Over 150 young women involved with USA Gymnastics (USAG) and Michigan State (MSU) recently came out as victims of sexual abuse. The culprit: their well-respected physician, Larry Nassar. The young gymnasts were required to see this physician, and, when a few brave girls tried to report him, they were shut down for being “disrespectful” or “insubordinate.” The organizations who supported Nassar, specifically USAG, MSU, and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), did nothing for these young women because they felt they needed to protect their and Nassar’s reputations as the best of the best. This disgusting behavior seen today is also seen in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. The Crucible is the story of a young Puritan woman in 1692 Massachusetts who made false witchcraft accusations in an attempt to save her life and to end a rival’s life. While her actions are horrific and the cause of numerous deaths, the actions of the adults around her that enabled her lies to cost lives are despicable. Through his dishonest characters, specifically Reverend Parris, Judge Danforth, and John Proctor, Miller exposes the evils of lying to save one’s name and the destruction that inevitably ensues.
The play, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller is a unique piece of work. Many themes are embedded in the work. One significant theme that is prevalent throughout the play is lies and deceit. Miller applies the theme of lies and deceit all throughout the play because practically all the characters are lying either to themselves or other individuals which plays a hefty role in the plot.
People lie for many reasons. Sometimes it’s to themselves, sometimes it’s to others. No matter who they are lying to, it always affects others around you. In the story The Crucible by Arthur Miller, lying is a very common theme. Many characters lie, which include John Proctor, Abigail Williams, Reverend Parris, and many others. All these characters have what they feel, is a logical reason for lying, but the question why do people lie to others and themselves, is something to ponder while reading the play. People lie to themselves to make them feel better about their own lives and people lie to others to cover up something they may be ashamed of.
When Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible, many people were accusing others of being Communists. This was due to the fact that the United States and the Soviet Union were in a Cold War. Since everyone was paranoid, they would accuse others that they thought were suspicious or competitors or rivals so that they would get a promotion. The characters in The Crucible also accused others just like people did during the Cold War. In both the Cold War and The Crucible, people that were innocent were killed because someone accused them of being a Communist or a Devil worshipper. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, many characters lie due to fear, wanting to protect someone, or wanting to accomplish something.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller has many lessons to learn from. One of The major lesson I thought that is important is honesty. The accusations throughout the story were built on lies from those trying to protect their own name, and putting the town into confusion. Nobody in Salem, Massachusetts felt like they could trust anymore, after all of the false allegations made. If Three characters in the story would have been honest from the beginning, the town would not have been in such confusion. If Abigail, John, and Elizabeth would have been honest to begin with then many innocent people would not have lost their lives and left the town in despair.
Honesty is something we all want. Honesty describes person’s nature and builds more trust. Abigail gets affected by the witch craft and they try to find who is behind all of this. Honesty is a key to describe your nature. The crucible has a really unique story. Arthur miller tries to communicate his audience that sometimes lying can save someone’s life and sometimes its good to tell the
Lying perhaps is one of the most contempt behaviors by societies, religions and laws. However, lying remains the highest practiced behavior and it stretches long back in history. As in the masterpiece play The Crucible, the author Arthur Miller illustrates and focuses on the evolution of a simple lie by a young girl trying to escape a hard punishment for her wrongdoing, which led to more false accusations and deceits. While Miller demonstrates the impact of lying on destroying the stability of an entire community in the 17th century, similarly in the 21st century, fouls and deceptive intelligence by the American administration swayed unjustified war that devastated the nation of Iraq. In spite of time and location, lying expansion from simple
In The Crucible the lies and deceit led to people being brainwashed and influenced by others thoughts and opinions. Arthur Miller shows us this in act II when Elizabeth Proctor is set up and arrested so that Abigail can have John to herself. Abigail setup Elizabeth by planting a bobby pin in the doll Mary Warren had made that day and gave to Elizabeth as a gift. Abigail later acted as if she got stabbed in the same place Mary had left the pin to make it look like Elizabeth sent out her spirit to harm her. “Abigail were stabbed tonight; a needle were found stuck into her belly”….(Hale Act II Scene 1). “You will tell the court how that poppet come here and who stuck the needle in”. (Proctor Act II Scene 1 ). Abigail considers Elizabeth as a threat and in the way of her and John’s relationship, she is willing to sacrifice Elizabeth and do what it takes to get rid of her. This part of the play relates to McCarthyism because they both accused many innocent people of things that weren't
The Crucible had many themes in the play but the most important one was guilt. Guilt is the most important theme in The Crucible by Arthur Miller because everyone in the play showed some type of guilt, it also shows how guilt changes the people in Salem and it also shows how guilt motivates the people in Salem to stand up for themselves.
People deal with different forms of human nature throughout their lives. A variety of human nature aspects can be used to describe different contemporary issues in today's society. For instance, blaming others is a widely spread aspect of human nature that every single human on Earth has to deal with in his or her life. Blaming is the act of accusing others of doing something that they didn't do or were not involved in. Another form of blaming is called scapegoating. Scapegoating is a term used to describe someone who blames someone else for doing something in order to not get themselves in trouble. It is a selfish act, however, many citizens in the United States and the world have dealt with this issue. Many contemporary issues can be related to scapegoating, but one in particular would be anti-semitism. Anti-Semitism is defined as the hatred or disapproval of the Jewish religion and it’s believer’s lifestyle. Scapegoating can be connected to anti-semitism in many ways, especially in today's world in the United States. Many innocent people are affected by Anti-semitism causing it to be a global issue. The play The Crucible has similar issues that have to be dealt with as the play goes along. Both anti-semitism and The Crucible deal with major affairs that are still faced today.
What could possibly be responsible for the mistrial and execution of innocent citizens based off of one sickeningly effective reason? The answer: judgement. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines the term “judgement” as, “the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing,” (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate dictionary). In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the judgement of others based off of nothing but hearsay lead to the death of several characters and imprisonment of many more. This fictional novel was written in 1952, but the events that occured could still happen in contemporary times. Judgement was responsible for the atrocities in the novel, wrongful conclusions in modern times, and makes the events of the novel repeatable.
The art of deception comes at a great price. Those who lie and cheat find themselves at the end of a circle of misery. Abigail Williams from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible possesses many characteristics, which shape her personality and support the underlying themes throughout the play of how deception always leads to consequences. Therefore, people must keep acceptable behavior in the presence of others to prevent misunderstandings and false accusations. The six objects within Abigail’s pocket each symbolize a different aspect of her life or actions. The contents include a leaf from a tree, a handmade poppet, a broken 10 Commandments, an illustration of a finger to lips, a pentagram, and a postcard covered with hearts. The tree leaf represents