Honesty is Still the Best Policy in The Crucible, a Play by Arthur Miller

Depends on The Crucible

It is a golden rule in our society that sincerity is the best policy. Throughout childhood we are taught that in all situations, it is best to inform the fact. This rule of sincerity in all situations is hardly ever followed for one factor or another. In the play, The Crucible, composed by Arthur Miller, there is a story about a town in Massachusetts called Salem throughout the age of the Witch Trials in the 1600s, where there are numerous characters that spiral out of control since of one lie that continues to grow. According to The Crucible, and many of my experiences in life, individuals lie for numerous reasons including the thirst for power and authority, jealousy, and the requirement to safeguard one’s self and others.

In the play, when a few of the characters get a taste of power and authority, they abuse it and the entire town of Salem gets wrapped up in these lies. Abigail and Betty, 2 girls in the town start to get attention when they state they have can be found in contact with the devil. When they realize the “powers that be” in the town are thinking whatever they say, the two girls are invigorated by this power they have and continue to lie about the “witches” they learn about. ‘”I saw Goody Sibber with the Devil!’-Abigail, ‘I saw Alice Barrow with the Devil’-Betty, ‘I saw Goody Hawkins with the Devil!’-Abigail” (Miller 48). The girls continue to accuse people of witchcraft due to the fact that the uncommon power and authority they have more than the town thrill them. Rather of being seen as oblivious children, people are trusting them, and listening to them. In my experience, I have discovered it is simple to lie in a circumstance such as this one. When I was more youthful, I had a community full of kids more youthful than me. I keep in mind a time when I was in charge and I wanted to go on a walking and none of the kids did. I abused my authority by talking the kids that there was a treasure/prize at the end of the hike that they could all have so they would think me and come on the hike. In this scenario, I experienced the capability to abuse authority to get what I wanted. The women in the novel likewise abused their power to get what they desired, attention. This was a reason for me to lie in my experience and for Abigail and Betty to lie in theirs.

Throughout the book, there are characters that feel they have to lie to safeguard themselves or to secure others. In The Crucible, Elizabeth is being questioned at trial relating to why she and her spouse had actually chosen to fire Abigail. Elizabeth understands it is because Abigail and Her hubby had an affair, however she lies to conserve her husband’s honor. “I came to believe he fancied her. And so one night I lost my wits, I think, and put her out on the highroad.’-Elizabeth. ‘Then he did not turn from you.’-Danforth. ‘No, sir”‘( 113 ). Elizabeth is lying in this situation so that she can keep her hubby’s honor safe. She is trying to protect him and thinks that this is an excellent factor to lie. I have also skilled lying for the factor of protecting myself or somebody else. A couple of years earlier, my moms and dads were upset because the light in my living room was broken. I knew my sibling had actually knocked the light over but I lied and told them I did not understand what had happened so my brother would not get in problem. This lie was what I thought was right because I was protecting my bro as Elizabeth provided for her hubby in the book. Both Elizabeth and I lied since of the need to safeguard somebody we appreciate.

A third factor individuals lie as depicted in, The Crucible, runs out jealousy and envy of another person. In the unique, Abigail is still in love with Proctor, Elizabeth’s spouse, even after their affair is over. For that reason, Elizabeth thinks that Abigail is envious of her, and wants her to be killed. “Spoke or silent, a pledge is undoubtedly made. And she may dote on it now-I make sure she does- and believes to kill me, then to take my place” (Miller 61). Abigail is envious since she wants to fill Elizabeth’s shoes as proctor’s other half, and with the power she has over the town, she wants to eliminate Elizabeth. Proctor likewise believes that Abigail’s lies are driven by her envy and her thirst for revenge, “We are what we constantly were in Salem, now the little insane kids are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and typical vengeance writes the law! This warrant is vengeance! I’ll not offer my better half to revenge!” (77 ). Proctor thinks that Abigail is likewise looking for revenge over Elizabeth and is jealous of his spouse. The lies Abigail tells run out jealousy and envy and anger towards Elizabeth.

Individuals lie for several reasons. People lie out of worry of a penalty. Individuals lie because they think it is the very best method to safeguard themselves or their friend or family. People also lie for individual gain and out of self interest. Throughout The Crucible, lies are constantly spreading and growing and they turn this story and the entire time period into a time of strife and conflict. Sincerity is thought about the best policy in our society, however when positioned in a circumstance of personal loss or gain people resort to lying. The lies build on each other and turn and twist until the individual finds himself or herself in a circumstance comparable to the ending of The Crucible. A situation where lies end up being the norm, no one understands who to trust, and the whole neighborhood is in a state of turmoil.

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