Essay on The Crucible By Arthur Miller

1075 Words Nov 14th, 2015 5 Pages
Who’s Responsible
Even the smallest of rumors can have the potential to spread like disease. In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the town of Salem is plagued with witch trials. One lie has set off a chain of reactions, causing people to blame one another for witchcraft. The story starts off with Parris, who is frustrated with why his daughter Betty is unconscious. She had been dancing in the woods with her cousin Abigail, Tituba and other girls. To cover up this mishap, Abigail lies about what really happened, hoping to let it slide. This only leads to more and more people being drawn into this. When the small lie is not enough to put it to rest, official figures are brought into the picture and trials are held. There trials result in the death of many women. Abigail is responsible for causing this mass hysteria in Salem. She manipulated others to get revenge and kept playing on her lies of witchcraft. When Parris found out that Abigail and Betty had been dancing in the woods he became furious. He demanded to know what happened. Abigail covered it up saying she and Betty were only playing and didn’t mean any harm, while actually they were with Parris’s slave, Tituba, and many other girls. “We must tell the truth, Abby! You’ll only be whipped for dancin’, and other things”(Miller 19). Mary is frightened of what will happen if they go on for too long. If they deceive Salem and are later found out, any of the participants could be punished. Mary wanted to back out of…

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