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The Crucible

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English 11 composition
8 November 2012
As humans we use cause and effect to help us see what may or may not happen. Being able to see the effect of what we might do helps us understand ourselves and the world better. In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, hundreds of innocent people are condemned to be hung due to three primary causes: John Proctor and Abigail Williams committing adultery, Abigail set on murdering Proctor’s wife by accusing her of witchery, and the justice system being based off the words of children.

One of the chief causes of the ending event in The Crucible is due to Proctor and Abigail as they commit adultery many times behind family and friends. These multiple decisions made by Proctor and Abigail led to the death of hundreds of people. “John-I am waitin’ for you every night.” (Miller 145) and as Proctor replies “Abby, I never give you hope to wait for me” (Miller 145). In this decision Abigail feels as if her and Proctor are meant to be together forever, but Proctor feels guilty for his repeated crime of adultery and defends his wife, Elizabeth, whom he loves and wants to stay with; Elizabeth tries to defend her husband by lying about his lechery crime but this leads to his death and many others.

Being that Abigail is madly in love with John Proctor and he wants to stay with Elizabeth, Proctor tries to end it. “Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time, but I will cut off my hand before ill ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby” (Miller 146). For the reason of Abigail’s “love” for Proctor never fades and she won’t give up, she becomes set on murdering Elizabeth by accusing her of witchery so that Proctor and her can be together. But in this long process, Abigail condemns not Elizabeth but John Proctor and hundreds of others to be sent to their death for their crimes of action and or witchery. In The Crucible, Miller has the justice of society based off of the words of the children as if they are...

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