Faith And Truth In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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J’me In The Crucible Arthur Miller talks about faith and truth. Arthur Miller writes as though truth meant as much as a lie. In the Crucible Elizabeth Proctor is seen as the most honest woman ever, but when she lies the one time in her life that the reader sees, it causes a downfall of events. Elizabeth Proctor’s husband, John Proctor, is accused of witchcraft and is hanged after Elizabeth Proctor’s white lie. Her white lie from all the truth she usually told shows Arthur Miller’s perspective of truth as the importance of a lie no matter how big or small. Another example of Arthur Miller expressing his perspective of truth would be by Deputy Governor Danforth and Judge Hathorne stating that if the people accused of witchcraft confessed to …show more content…
A last example of Arthur Miller 's perspective of the truth is the way it can be misunderstood or changed through fear. Mary Warren went to tell the truth to Deputy Governor Danforth and Judge Hathorne, when Abigail and the other girls started to act like Mary Warren possessed them, so she got scared and started to lie again. Arthur Miller writes in The Crucible that faith from his perspective is that of power for people to twist, so that others will do as they say and believe it is right. Deputy Governor Danforth and Judge Hathorne told the people accused of witchcraft and the townspeople that if they confessed , then they would be forgiven by the court, which they always saw as God, not hanged, and only remembered for doing witchcraft. Another example of Arthur Miller’s perspective on faith in The Crucible is when Reverend Hale started as a truly Godly man who preached of goodness, then towards the end he turns to convincing people to confess, even if they are innocent, because his new view of faith changed to trying to just save people 's lives, even if that meant ruining their reputation and good faith. So this shows Arthur Miller 's perspective on faith by showing how someone can confuse their faith, even if they are a respected …show more content…
Arthur Miller shows both differences for faith and truth but also shows how they walk hand in hand. An example of Arthur Miller showing faith and truth run together is in Act Two when Elizabeth Proctor is accused of witchcraft, because of Abigail saying she cursed her by a poppet in Elizabeth’s house that Mary Warren gave her. Elizabeth Proctor denies cursing her since it isn 't true but eventually goes with Ezekiel Cheever without a fight. In Act Three John Proctor and Mary Warren go to Judge Hathorne and Deputy Governor Danforth to tell them their sins and set Elizabeth Proctor free. John Proctor admits to his “lechery” with Abigail while Mary Warren admits to pretending to see spirits with the other girls, including Abigail. John Proctor told the truth, but Danforth and Hathorne call in Elizabeth to verify his story and she she lies to protect him. But John convinces Danforth and Hawthorne by saying “My wife cannot lie.” So the court throws it out believing Elizabeth didn 't know. Abigail sees her chance, so she and the other girls start to say Mary Warren is possessing them. Mary Warren gets frightened and says she lied to Danforth and Hathorne about everything, because John Proctor forced her to lie. Another example of Arthur Miller showing truth and faith running together is in Act Four when Reverend Hale starts to convince the accused of confessing to witchcraft, even if they didn 't do it. His morals

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