Telling The Truth Is Better Than Creating A Lie

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The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller in the year 1953. The play is based on the actual historical event- the Salem Witch Trials of 1692- in which twenty people died due to hangings while seventeen died in prison. There are so many people can be blamed for the witch trials. One of those people would be John Proctor, because if he had not had that affair with Abigail before the witch-hunts, she would not have danced in the woods, or acted as a ringleader for the girls to attract his attention. Maybe if the affair had not happened, no one would have been accused of being a witch, be hung or thrown in prison and Salem would not be a big part of history anymore. In addition, he is guilty for not going to the court immediately after Abigail had confessed to him that the girls are frauds. Mrs. Ann Putnam is another person that I suspect could be a big part of the witch-hunts. She chose to believe in witches because I think it gave her a reason to how all her children mysteriously died right after birth or days and months later. I believe that she was one of the first people who immediately accused her daughter and Betty Parris of being witched. I think she may have given the girls especially Abigail the idea of accusing people of being witches. If Reverend Parris had never been wandering around the woods that night he would have never found the girls, frightened Ruth Putnam, and his daughter Betty into faking ill. He is also guilty for inviting Hale, a witchcraft expert, from another town to investigate, which caused many people to believe that there really are witches in Salem, and for supporting the court to protect his reputation rather than finding out the truth behind everything. There are other suspects but I think that John Proctor, Mrs. Ann Putnam and Reverend Parris are the people who I think are most guilty of starting the Salem Witch Trials.
John Proctor is guilty for two reasons. First, he is guilty of having an affair with Abigail Williams as he had admitted at Parris’s house, “Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby” (p.177). In this quote, Proctor confesses to Abby that he used to think of her but now it is over. He is guilty because this affair caused Abby to want him so much that she accused Proctor’s wife of being a witch, so that she could have Proctor for herself. If Proctor had never slept with Abigail then she would have not had the desire to get his attention and get all this newfound respect to show him that she is better for him than his wife is.
In addition, Proctor is guilty of not going to the court sooner and telling them what Abby had confessed to him, which was “We were dancin’ in the woods last night, and my uncle leaped in on us. She took fright, is all.” (p.176). He could have told the court right after he left the Parris’ house but instead he went home, and even if after he had...

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