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Irresponsibility Essay

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Irresponsibility is a major flaw of human beings. History shows the negative effects that irresponsibility has on a society. The Crucible written by the late Arthur Miller demonstrates the adverse effects of irresponsibility on society. The Salem Witch Trials in The Crucible draws direct parallels to the McCarthyism of the 1950s. The irresponsibility displayed in Arthur Miller's The Crucible written over six decades ago has numerous similarities to present day. The acts of irresponsibility exhibited throughout The Crucible by Reverend Parris, Abigail Williams, and Marry Warren is very similar to today.
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Another character in The Crucble that displays irresponsibility is the sixteen year old Abigail Williams. Abigail's irresponsibility is the main source for the hysteria in Salem. Abigail knows that she is not being truthful, but decides to keep up the charade. The result of Abigail's irresponsibility is many innocent people prosecuted, and many of them put to death. Abigail's irresponsibility is illustrated in Act 3 when Danforth confronts her about dancing in the woods, and she replies “I have been hurt, Mr. Danforth; I have seen my blood runnin’ out! I have been near to murdered every day because I done my duty pointing out the Devil’s people - and this is my reward? To be mistrusted, denied, questioned like a -” (Act 3 108). Abigail continues to lie and she senses that Danforth will trust her and the girl's word more than anybody else . In the same way Abagail lied on innocent people irresponsibly similar thing like this have happened recently. According to an article in 2009 Chaunte Ott was released after wrongfully being imprisoned for the murder of a sixteen year old girl. Ott was imprisoned because Sam Hadaway was pressured to plead to a lesser crime and falsely incriminate Ott (When Lies Lead to Wrongful Convictions).
Finally another character in The Crucible that displays irresponsibility is Marry Warren. Marry Warren accompanied John Proctor to to court in order to clear Elizabeth's name, and admit to lying about witchcraft in act 3 of the play. Mary Warren admits to Danforth that here and the girls were pretending, but Mary irresponsibly takes back her confession due to intimidation by Abigail and the girls. Not only does Mary Mary retract her confession, but she incriminates John when she says “My...

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