This play brings to life the fear and hysteria of the devil's presence that took place in Salem, Massachusetts in the early 1700s.
Page 58 Act 2 Scene 1
"But the proof, the proof!"
The theme of this play is that lies and deceit can lead to very unwanted things and make yourself and others have to live with an irreversible guilt
Page 84 Act 3 Scene 1
"You're hearing lies, lies!"
"Arrest him, excellency!"
Abigail lies to Hale about being in contact with the devil when Parris clearly saw them dancing in the woods
How it connects to today
Danny and Zach
As Mary Warren testifies against Abigail to be lying about having visions of the devil in the courtroom, Abigail argues that she is being irrational and is wrong but John Proctor tells Danforth that he needs understand his concrete proof.
The old man Giles also protests the decisions of the court and claims that the girls are lying and are under the influence of the devil. He ends up dying for his words against the court.
In today's society, many politicians use lying tactics to benefit themselves which is also what Abigail did to protect herself and she also used lies to fulfill her personal desires as well.