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Analysis Of ' The Crucible '

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The theme of deceit in the face of adversity is quite evident in the play The Crucible. Throughout the play various people are accused of witchcraft by community members they’ve known all their lives. The people of the village in which this all takes place are clearly divided on the issues of what is fact and what is fiction, but most are confused when it comes to who is really telling the truth. Abigail Williams is a very deceitful person in The Crucible. Abigail is the niece of Reverend Parris, a prominent leader in the Salem village. In Act I, Reverend Parris’ daughter, Betty, has become sick and Abby doesn’t want to be implicated. Betty Parris awakens from her sickness and accuses Abigail of drinking a blood charm to kill John Proctor’s wife, while they were dancing in the woods. Abigail threatens the girls by saying “Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters. And that is all. And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parents’ heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down! (Miller II. 455-450).” The fear she instils in these girls through that statement has a lasting effect throughout the rest of the play. When
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