The Crucible - Themes


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  • Elise Bull The Crucible Themes
  • Lies & Deceit
  • "She spoke nothing of lechery, and this man has lied!"
  • Lies & Deceit
  • "[Abigail] testify it were your wife's familiar spirit pushed it in."
  • Fear & Hysteria
  • Elizabeth lies to Judge Danforth and says that John had never committed adultery. In her first time lying, she makes John's confession seem false. As a result of this lie, she is put back in jail and John is not trusted for the rest of the proceedings.
  • Fear & Hysteria
  • "No man knows when the harlots' cry will end his life-and you wonder yet if rebellion's spoke?"
  • Abigail deceives the court to convict Elizabeth. When a needle is found stabbed into Abigail, she lies and says that it was Elizabeth's spirit who did it. She says Elizabeth stabbed a poppet with a needle to do this, even though Abigail did it to herself.
  • Respect & Reputation
  • "I have given you my soul; leave me my name!"
  • Abigail and the other girls pretend to see a bird, which is supposedly Marry's spirit. Instead of considering this rationally, Judge Danforth gives into the fear and hysteria of the girls and accuses Marry of engaging in witchcraft.
  • "Mary Warren! Draw back your spirit out of them!"
  • Hale speaks to Danforth about the chaos in Salem, and how the villagers fear they will be accused next. Danforth is fearful of this panic as he thinks it may cause rebellion. Everyone in Salem, including the Deputy Governor are hysterical in this situation.
  • Proctor comes to a realization that he would rather die and keep his good reputation than to save his life by living a lie. He knows that if he gives away his name to a false confession, he will lose his integrity, respect, and his good reputation in Salem forever.
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