The Crucible Truth V Lies In S Salem During The Witch Trails.

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What is a crucible? A crucible is a time in history when political or cultural changes take an effect, changing a society into a different shape than what it began as. Throughout the play there is a battle between truth and deception that is set in the Protestant town of Salem, Massachusetts. In Salem at this time young women were accusing their elders of witchcraft just to get out of a whipping. Many people were dying because they would not lie and condemn their soul to an eternity with the devil Crucible is commonly associated with a piece of metal that has been heated and reshaped to its maker's desire. The witchcraft trails were being caused by simple white lies of children that are being taken to the limits to secure their place in society. Abigail Williams and her friend are caught by her uncle dancing naked in the forest and conjuring spirits , but instead of admitting to her sins when Rev. Parris makes the simple statement " .....If you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know, for surely my enemies will and they will ruin me with it." (Miller 10) she lies and tells him that she was not conjuring but she were just dancing and she threatens her fellow sinners with this comment "'I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you . . .. I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!" (Miller 20) this shows that she is willing to protect her lie even if it mean breaking one of the ten commandments that her society embraces as their law and way of life. One of the main causes of the trials was Abigail's ability to use scare tactics to keep the others at bay. One of the many problems in Salem was that the way that the court system set up their ludicrous rulings was that if one was to plead guilty they were to be let free which would completely defeat the purpose of arresting them. But if one was to plead innocent then they were to be hanged which forced a dilemma upon many of the inhabitants of Salem. If you told the truth in many cases and pleaded innocent of the charges then you were thought to be a witch and were sentenced to hang. If you were to lie and say that you were a witch then you were able to live and were to be "rehabilitated". The puritans believed that if you were to tell a lie then you would be condemning your sole to an eternity in hell, This weighed on the mind of many of the accused.This lie started out as the children accusing a slave and some town beggars of witchcraft, people that they knew would be suspected of witchcraft so that their accusations would not be questioned by many. But it soon progressed to them accusing well-established citizens of witchcraft. One of the most well respected citizens, Rebecca Nurse, was accused of witchcraft by Goody Putnam. Who lost seven children during the birthing process and in a fit of vengeance she accused Rebecca Nurse, who was her...

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