I chose the theme dishonesty. In the beginning of the play, Abigail drinks the blood of an owl to kill Elizabeth Proctor. She does this because she is in love with John Proctor, Elizabeth's husband. Abigail tells her uncle, Reverend Parris, that she and a group of girls were just 'playing' around in the forest.
"Uncle, we did dance; let you tell them I confessed it—and I’ll be whipped if I must be. But they’re speakin’ of witchcraft. Betty’s not witched" (462).
Abigail is one of the main characters that contribute to the main conflict, witchcraft. Abigail begins to falsely accuse myriads of people who have nothing to do with the conflict. In Act II1, Abigail accuses of Mary Warren for being in contact with the devil. "I—I know not. A wind, a cold wind, has come" (519).
One problem that interferes with the overall issue is the relationship between Elizabeth and John Proctor. John committed adultery with Abigail in the past and Elizabeth has not forgotten about it. She has been acting cold and heartless towards John since the affair.
"You come so late I thought you'd gone to Salem this afternoon" (488).
The conflict was not resolved since Proctor admitted to being apart of witchcraft. Elizabeth says that John is now a good man because she knows that he finally admits that the adultery was wrong.
"He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!" (539)