Betrayal in the Crucible

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In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, a group of adolescent females went to go dance in the forest with Tituba, slave of one of the famed reverends in their town, Reverend Parris. Coincidentally Revered Parris stumbled through the woods and spotted them. For acting in an outlandish manner or in other words dancing they were all accused of being witches. Abigail without a thought betrays Tituba by telling Reverend Hale that Tituba “conspires with the devil” .The theme of betrayal is at the heart of this story and is proven though the actors of many of the central characters. When faced with trouble or adversity peoples real colors and their true character starts to show. For example, the first thing Abigail did after she got in trouble was to try to blame someone else for her faults. Abigail-““She made me do it. She made Betty do it! Tituba- “Abby” Abigail- “She makes me drink blood” (pg.40)”. This quote is a perfect example of betrayal. During this part of the play Revered Hale and Parris start accusing the girls of witchcraft due to the way they were dancing around the forest, and acting in a “barbaric” manner. So Abigail blamed Tituba for conspiring with the devil even though all she was doing was trying to help the girls. Betrayal can occur to anyone, they can even be the closest friends in the world and wind up turning on each other in the end. Abby-“please don’t hurt me” Mary “I’m not hurting her. She sees nothing” (107). In this quote Marry Warren is being accused to conspiring with the devil by Abigail. Abigail claims to be getting attacked by Mary warrens spirit. The only reason Abigail is behaving in this manor is because John proctor convinced her to go to court and testify against Abigail. To think they used to be friends until Abigail betrayed her by lying about being attacked by her. Its amazing how one lie can spark the betrayal of so many people. Manipulative people can not only betray the people they intend but sometimes they can indirectly hurt the

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