The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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“Honesty is the best policy.” Kids grow up hearing that from their parents, teachers, and other adult figures. However, many grow out of listening to this advice, spreading bits of untruths as harmless as white lies to the more severe, like in the case of the Salem Witch Trials or the McCarthy trials during the Red Scare. Arthur Miller delved deeply into this topic in his famous play, The Crucible, in which he compared the Salem Witch Trials to the McCarthy trials as a comment on the self-preserving, rash, and gullible nature of human beings, in order to open the audience’s eyes to the error of their ways. He wanted them to see the negative consequences of the Red Scare so they would put an end to it. Before understanding Miller’s…show more content…
Just like in the Salem Witch Trials, Tituba would be arrested and executed, even if the only evidence supporting this claim was Abigail’s affirmation of the act. Unless Tituba “tell[s] [Hale that she does not] desire to work for [the devil],” she would be “be taken and hanged” (Miller I). Evidently, it is certain that Miller reflected several factors of the events that occurred during the McCarthy era in his novel to exemplify how external threats can affect people’s vulnerability to lying, and to strengthen the likelihood of his audience wanting to make a change in their behavior, given such a shameful, but real example. Miller then addresses the extent to which one will go to get what they want. The most clear example of this in The Crucible is when Abby stabs her stomach so she can claim that Goody Proctor was using voodoo on her (Miller II). Abby wanted to be with John Proctor, and in her mind, the only way to get John was to convict his wife of witchcraft and have her killed. So, when she saw Mary making a doll for Goody Proctor and sticking a needle in it’s stomach, an idea arose. Thus, at dinner, Abby stabbed herself, setting her plan in motion. She didn’t care what pain she went through or who had to die for her to get what she wanted, and she
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