Theme Of Honesty In The Crucible

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If honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure, then why don't people just tell the truth? In 1938, the House Un-American Committee was created by Senator Joseph McCarthy who accused government employees of being Communists. McCarthyism had targeted not only the members of the United States Government but also the entertainers and writers. Author Miller was one of those writers.He wrote “The Crucible” to show the similarities between the Salem Witch Trials and the McCarthy Trails, who both accused people of being what they weren't.People accused in the McCarthy Trails went through the same tests as people in the Salem Witch Trials.In the play “The Crucible”, the characters Mary Warren, John Proctor and Giles Corey all face a test of honesty, in which they either passed or failed.Mary Warren is unsuccessful in telling the truth, John Proctor cheated on his wife, and Giles Corey gets him and his wife sentenced to death.

Mary Warren is the first to fail the test. She lets Abigail easily use her in this play which makes Mary look like a pawn in some kind of game. In court, Mary Warren was unsuccessful in exposing the hoax because of her fear of Abigail. While in distress Mary cries out,“ No, I love God; I go your way no more. I love god. I bless God. Abby, Abby, I’ll never hurt you more!”(III.1461-1465) . In Addition to lying, she turned on John John Proctor, the man she was supposed to be helping expose the hoax. She agreed to testify
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