Abigail: I never called him! Tituba, Tituba... Paris: (Blanched) She called the Devil?
Within Act 1, the reader sees the beginning of oppression caused solely as a result of the girl's lies. Rather than admitting to their participation in unauthorized activities, the girls blame Tituba since they are in serious trouble.
Abigail, the leader of the girls, continuously accuses innocent citizens of being involved in witchcraft. Since she is not stopped, her power keeps increasing and she is the reason people in society are oppressed.
Elizabeth: Oh, the noose, the noose is up! Proctor: There'll be no noose. Elizabeth: She wants me dead. I knew all week it would come to this!
The Girls make it seem as if they are being controlled by Mary when in reality, it is all pretense.
Mary Warren: Never, Never! Girls: Never, Never! Danforth: (Growing hysterical) Why can they only repeat you?
The girls are deceitful which causes a major complication in the play because it portrays them as being truthful. However, they are evil and work to falsely convict innocent citizens.
John understands that he is able to die for the truth rather than living a lie. Although he has a stained passed, he believes that he needs to maintain a truthful lifestyle. As a result, his inner conflict is resolved.
Proctor: ... Give them no tear! Tears pleasure them! Show honor now, show a stony heart and sink them with it!
This quote reveals the fact that Proctor is not giving into what society wants. Since the rest of the population is living in an illusion, Proctor decides that he would rather die for the truth.
At the end of the Crucible, John finally finds the goodness in him once again. He decides that he is not willing to live the life of a lie.