Hypocrisy in Arthur Miller's The Crucible
“I want to open myself! ... I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!”
Such a line was said by Miss Abigail Williams, who claimed to be a gift from God, but as we see, turned out to be the devil herself. Hypocrisy is the issue that many characters suffered from in the novel. We see hypocrisy in the lives of the religious leaders, or Reverends, of the town, we see it in the lives of the rich and greedy, as well as in the lives of the guilty. Hypocrisy seems to be the issue in the town of Salem.
We see hypocrisy cover the lives of the religious leaders in Salem. Many of which claim to be holy men, and do not show it in the works of their lives. The reader discovers the greed in Reverend Parris as he claims to be a man of God. He never seems satisfied with the money he receives as pay for being a preacher as well as his wanting to lie about any wrong doings of him or his family in order to protect his good name, yet his pride keeps him from admitting that he is wrong. We also see a twinge of hypocrisy in Reverend Hale as he claims to seek the justice of the people, when he only falls into the trap of Abigail.
Hypocrisy is shown in the lives of the wealthy of Salem. Men constantly fight about land privileges and rights....