Honesty In The Crucible

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Those who grow up in a religious era, or household, learn to always stay true to their morals. In the bible, there are plenty of verses to remind those people of integrity. Lying is seen as a sin and doesn't show integrity. In The Crucible Arthur Miller demonstrates that only those who truly trust in the Lord are the ones that stay honest, even if it means losing their life. Those who do not trust in the Lord are condemning themselves to a life in jail that leads to hell.
Living a life in paradise is what all people strive for, whether that's in their current life or after death. Many people are not able to live the life they envision, so they rely on their "afterlife" to give them the luxury they want. To have that luxury they must be accepted
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This was a big issue in the puritan generation, but as time passed these morals started being forgotten. Now it was normal for people to lie and sin. Only those few people who stayed true to their original beliefs would see the sins of others and not commit sins themselves. In The Crucible being spiteful towards a friend or neighbor has become a normal thing, "long-held hatreds of neighbors could now be openly expressed, and vengeance taken, despite the Bible's charitable injunctions"(7). People take their anger out on their friends and neighbors, not thinking of the possible consequence to them or their neighbor. Specifically, in this play, a group of girls were accusing others of being witches. These other people were neighbors and adults they held grudges against. The governor didn't question it due to fear and he didn't think the girls would lie to him. Others became fearful and started lying. Not many people spoke the truth because they didn't want to be accused, hung or thrown in jail. Only those who spoke the truth remembered the Bible verse that says, "You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself"(Leviticus 19:18). This verse allows some people to feel safe knowing that those taking vengeance on their neighbors are going against the Lord's word. If you go against the Lord you will be dismissed at the gates of …show more content…
He reveals to his wife that he has committed adultery. The girl who he has engaged in sin with has accused Johns wife of witchcraft. John must take this into his own hands and save his wife. He is already in trouble for sinning, but he can combat that if he does what is right towards his wife. When he goes to reveal the truth about Abigail the tables turn and he is then accused of witchcraft. The right move for John is to continue to speak the truth about Abigail because "He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend."(Proverbs 22;11). Even if no one else believes him at least he and God knows he did what is right. It is better to do what is right even if no one witnesses than to go along with others and sin. It is worse to know right from wrong and still do wrong because "whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin."(James 4;17). At the end of the play, John knows he should stay true to himself and not admit to something he didn't do. To admit to witchcraft is to denounce his religion and God. If he openly refuses God he will be openly refused at the gates of heaven. At this point it comes down to what is more important to him; his wife, name and being able to stay alive even if it is in jail, or his religion. Proctor decides at the end to sign a document stating that he was involved in witchcraft. He does not want

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