Essay on The Crucible By Arthur Miller

1210 Words Nov 20th, 2014 5 Pages
In the play “The Crucible” written by Arthur Miller we see many themes and lessons in

the story. The main theme is focussed on deceit and lying and how lies can lead down a dark

road which results in the ruin of many. The Crucible is a fictional play based on the Salem Witch

Trials which occurred between February 1692 and May 1693 and resulted in over 150 people

being accused of witchcraft and 20 executed. The story focusses on the story of John Proctor

and Abigail Williams, his niece, and how lies, jealousy, revenge, and deep seated feuds caused

a community to turn on each other in a vicious circle of accusations and misunderstandings.

The characters in the play who lie significantly are Abigail, John Proctor, and Mary Warren and

each clearly teaches the message Arthur Miller wants to deliver to the reader, audience, and

anyone else who comes across this play.

Abigail Williams is considered to be the main instigator of the entire trial. Arthur Miller

wrote in his stage notes, as detailed by Jerald Cohagen: “Although many of the characters

are culpable of pointing fingers, it is Abigail Williams, who Miller describes in his stage note as

having “an endless capacity for dissembling” (Miller, 6), who wastes no time in pointing the first

finger at Tituba, Reverend Parris’s Negro slave from Barbados.” Abigail Williams constantly denies

anything until she is pressed with no alternative, for she does not wish to experience any of

the guilt or…

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