Ethics, Morals, And Values In The Crucible, By Arthur Miller

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We all have skeletons in the closet from our past. While some accept them for what they are and try to learn and move forward from them, others may have a hard time dealing with them. Personal ethics, morals, and values can play a vital role in how you cope with and feel about the things that you have done. Throughout the play “The Crucible”, by Arthur Miller, the majority of characters were lying to each other or keeping secrets and lying to themselves. The accumulation of lies and deceit is a driving force in how the story plays out and what happens to each of the main characters. Theme is the literary focus for Act 4 of “The Crucible” and it makes itself prominent throughout the entire play. The theme of a story is the main idea or big …show more content…
He has been keeping it a secret from everyone in town, even though we as the readers know about the sins. This would be an example of dramatic irony being used in the play. Elizabeth finds about Proctor and Abigail’s affair when he confesses to his sin “like a Christian”. This then moves Proctor to level 3 on Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development chart. Because his conscience is alive and well, he felt as though he was not honoring his self-respect, nor was he honoring his wife. Proctor loses Elizabeth’s trust because of this, but somewhat clears his conscience by coming clean about his sins. Though they remain married, their relationship is extremely strained and Elizabeth refuses to forgive him for it. In Act 2, Mary Warren brings home a poppet for Elizabeth. Elizabeth is then arrested and charged with sending a spirit out to stab Abigail. Abigail saw Mary Warren sewing the poppet in court and put the needle in its stomach so she wouldn’t lose it, so she stages her own stabbing in the same place in an attempt to get rid of Elizabeth. This is another example of Abigail feeling no remorse and continuing her lying for her own …show more content…
Often times, people have things that they’ve done in the past and think it’s over with after it’s done. Though people may have reasons for doing what they did, whether good or bad, hiding something usually means it shouldn’t have happened in the first place. An example would be copying off of someone’s paper during a test after you did not pay attention in class. You may have gotten what you wanted at the time, which was a good grade on the test, but you still did not learn anything. Much like it did in “The Crucible”, this lie can come back to haunt you. During final exams, you are not able to copy off of someone else’s paper and you end up failing the test. After seeing how lying effects the plot of this play, why do people choose to lie in the first place? There are several reasons as to why people lie. Some lie for personal gain (Abigail), some lie to protect others (Mary), and others lie to cover up mistakes (Proctor). Regardless of the reason for lying, there are consequences to it and whatever is done in the dark always comes to the

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