Theme Of Deception In The Crucible

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Can you always trust what your closest friends say? Not everyone can be trusted, not even your closest friends. Everyone lies, everyone cheats and everyone can be deceiving at times. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller uses Abigail Williams to convey the theme of deception. It does not matter how young or innocent one may look they can still deceive you. Abigail conveys deception by having an affair with John Proctor, another woman’s husband. Not only is this young girl witty, but she is a liar and extremely seductive as she says to Proctor "John, I am waitin' for you every night" (22 Miller). Soon after, John replies "Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time, but I will cut off my hand before I ever reach for you again" (23 Miller) Instead of letting him out of her mind, she continues to try and conquer Proctors heart. Abigail deceives her closest friends and many other well respected townspeople. She manipulates the whole town and begins to gain power and control over everyone. Soon, Abigail starts to get revenge on the people from her past by accusing them of witchcraft. She goes after Proctors wife Elizabeth. Abigail previously worked for the Proctors until Elizabeth became aware of the affair between her and John. Her uncle, Reverend Parris asks "Abigail, is there any other cause than…show more content…
Abigail says Elizabeth Proctor was with the devil. She claims that Elizabeth makes little dolls called poppets and uses them to inflict pain on others. She frames Mrs. Proctor by putting a needle in the newly made poppet and pretending it is really hurting herself. Elizabeth is now thought to be a witch. Afterwards, Abigail's friend, Mary Warren, tells the court that everything was made up. Abigail and the other girls accuse her of witchcraft. Warren is terribly upset how her so called friends could so easily deceive

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