Lying to save one’s own reputation will eventually lead into many lies, hurting not just yourself, but others as well. In the Crucible, Arthur Miller uses motivation, dramatic irony, and suspense, to tell the story of the play and to show how a liar can manipulate others. The play takes place in 1692 during and is a storyline of the Salem Witch Trials. Miller creates motivation, dramatic irony, and suspense mainly through the use of his characters Hale, Elizabeth and Abigail. Hale creates motivation in the play when trying to protect the townspeople from being blamed, Elizabeth Proctor creates the dramatic irony because she lied in court to attempt to save her husband from being punished, and Abigail creates suspense because she always has a new lie to tell the town of. Arthur Miller uses motivation in his character Hale, when he attempts to save others many times throughout the play. Reverend John Hale tries to save John Proctor, and while he is talking with Elizabeth Proctor, he says: “You know, do you not, that I have no connection
with the court? I come of my own, Goody Proctor.
I would save your husband's life, for if he is taken
I count myself his murderer. Do you understand me?”
Hale first came into the play when Parris summons him to examine his daughter Betty. Hale slowly figures out that Abigail is lying and that she is blaming others for her doing. Hale tries to save every innocent character from what turns out to be the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Although Hale’s motive in the novel is to seek all evil in the world and get rid of it, he gradually changes his view in the play. He knows Abigail is the main person to blame but he cannot do much about that because the town would not believe him, and there is a possibility he may be punished for blaming Abigail. Abigail is the villain of the play and she creates most of the suspense in the play because she lies,...
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