the crucible

Topics: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor Pages: 3 (463 words) Published: September 30, 2014
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English 2

September 29th, 2014

The Crucible: Quotes Essay

The Crucible is a play written in 1953 by Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and

fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay

during 1692 and 1693. This play is packed full of different themes and quotes I would love to use

in this essay but I can't use them all. The themes that I will be discussing in this essay are lying,

good vs. evil, and The Supernatural.

The first theme I will talk about is the lying that goes on throughout all of the acts and the

whole play. Most of the characters in The Crucible are lying, if not to other people, then they are

lying to themselves. Abigail lies about her being able to see spirits. Proctor is deceitful first for

cheating on his wife and then for hiding it and the judge, lieutenant, governor, and ministers

lie to themselves and everybody else in saying that they serkve the cause of God’s justice. The

twist in the story is that by telling the truth “I am not a witch”, you die, but you get your

freedom.

The next theme I am going to talk about is the theme of good vs. evil that exists

throughout the play. The entire village bases its belief system on the conflict between good vs.

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evil, or Satan vs. God. Over and over, as people are accused of witchcraft, this paradigm gets

dragged out. When Tituba confesses, she claims she wants to be a good Christian now and stop

hurting people. She must renounce the Devil. When Mary Warren can’t handle the girls

accusations, she accuses Proctor of making her sign the Devil’s book and claims she is now with

God.

The last theme I am going to talk about is jealousy that exists in the play and how most of

the characters are motivated by jealousy. Many of the characters are motivated by jealousy and

greed in The Crucible. Abigail is motivated by jealousy of Elizabeth Proctor;...
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