The Crucible, an interesting manifest about the Salem witch trials, really puts how far lies can be taken into perspective. A group of girls get caught dancing, and doing rituals that were forbidden, and to get out of it they lie. That gathering of young girls, ultimately got half the town killed. Even today, people are not safe from the dangerous peril of a teen’s accusational lie.
People had to lie to protect themselves in The Crucible, as they had in Salem in 1692. “Some girls became ill and the parents blamed the symptoms on witchcraft” (Heyrman). George Jacobs Sr. was hanged in August 1692, both he and his granddaughter were convicted but his granddaughter blamed it all on him and got off free. “We did dance; let you tell them I confessed it” (Miller). Originally Abigail had lied about dancing in the forest but then the town started to speak of witchcraft and voodoo. She immediately told thee truth but the seed of witchcraft had already been planted in the minds of the townspeople. However some of the accused didn’t lie to protect their names, but had to sacrifice their life in return.
Although it is considered wrong to tell lies, it seems that literature has offered us situations where telling lies isn’t necessarily bad. Of course, lying often has a tragic outcome, but not always for the person or people who told the lie or lies. Oftentimes, these unfortunate outcomes are directed at the person about whom the lie was told. Furthermore, these stories have explained that dishonesty can result in success for both the liar and the target. Maybe we have been teaching the wrong values to our children.
Truth-telling has become altered in today’s society. In certain situations it is all right to lie or deceive. People have regarded truth-telling as overrated. It is amazing the words we put with the word lying. We call them so many various things such as; exaggeration, little white lies, half truths, deceptions, and fibbing. Lying has become a very complicated topic today. Lying can be used in many different ways such as; to protect the innocent, for tradition, and the esteem of individuals. On the other hand, lying can be used as a tool of deception and manipulation. When used in this manner lying becomes detrimental to an individual and to a society. “We need to sort out what is and what is not morally justifiable, just as we must sort out moral from immoral behavior in politics, science, and religion (qtd. in hooke, 210)”
Foundations built on lies and deceit will never stand the test of time, In the play the Crucible by Arthur Miller, the conflict between the proctors and the theme of lies and deceit go hand in hand because it illustrates how their relationships were built on a foundation of dishonesty and falsehood causing them to break as time goes by.
When it comes down to it you would probably do anything to protect yourself, even if it meant lying, right? The play The Crucible by Arthur Miller is set back in the day where the people in Salem, Massachusetts are put to this exact test. Rumors of working with the devil surface after the reverend's daughter Betty, “falls ill” when she gets caught doing something she shouldn’t have. She, along with her cousin Abigail and other girls were caught dancing around a fire in the forest with the reverend’s slave Tituba. Almost immediately people are assuming the girls conjured the devil along with spirits. Reverend Hale comes into town hoping to help dispose of evil spirits, his process probably wasn’t the best it resulted in lies. Tituba confessed
The Crucible by Arthur Miller embodies a story with different approaches from accusers and the accused. In today’s society teenagers manifest different emotions. Teenagers, along with others have most likely witnessed bullying over social media with the use of technology that is available. Within the video Abby Williams and her peers, who play the role of bullies over social media validate the role of accused and accusers. Abby, the accused “witch” is bullied over social media and within school due to rumors about her being a promiscuous harlot. Abby’s peers and classmates are the accusers due to false accusations that were made on social media and debated about in the classroom.
Guilt is a feeling that cannot be washed from your hands. Guilt can change the way a person acts or thinks until they can get over or accept what they have done. Such as in MacBeth after he killed banquo he saw his ghost at the dinner that he would have attended if MacBeth had not ordered him to be killed. Or such as Lady MacBeth kept trying to wash off the blood of Duncan and the guards. Something similar occurred like this in my life where i had felt very guilty about what i had done and i could not stop thinking about it.
In Arthur Miller’s contemporary play, The Crucible, many abandon logic in face of tumultuous time. A group of people who claim they practiced witchcraft accuse many others of the same crime. Difficulty exists in maintaining a fair trial for the accused, due to the hardship of proving innocence and ulterior motives of the court. Many use fallacious arguments to protect themselves, such as circular reasoning. In her trial, Martha Corey bases her innocence on knowing “not what a witch is” and defends her statement that if she practices witchcraft “I would know it” (Miller 83-84). Martha can only use a fallacious argument in her defence, as hard evidence for the invisible crime of witchcraft does not exist. Martha’s trial and several others
How do you know when someone is telling the truth? Is it because of the character of the person that you believed them or is it because you just have faith in them that they are not lying? It’s really hard because if someone is being told they done something wrong and they didn’t do it, it’s really hard finding out if they are innocent. Many people are said to be guilty but they have no say if they are innocent or not. It always lands in the people who are in power to choose. Many people who had certain objects would be accused of witchcraft back in the 1600’s. For instance,“The presence of poppits, ointments or books on palm reading or astrology was also considered evidence of guilt” (Salem Witch Trials). Many people just had these and were now victims of the witch trials. These simple objects were things that were ordinary and they just made it out of a big deal.