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In The Crucible by Arthur Miller duty is some kind of personal responsibility to save protect or prosecute the residents of Salem Massachusetts These duties range from personal retribution to trying to protect reputations to trying save family members and neighbors from the court Their goals actions and obligations depended on the individuals religious sanctity personality and sometimes their position in society A 17-year old girl fired by lust for a married member of the town becomes the center of the action throughout the whole book Abigail Williams was found dancing in the woods and drinking blood in order to kill her obsessions wife Eventually she become the accuser of many of the good people of Salem in order to keep the focus off of her and keep her name white in the community Even though her accusations were not truthful her strange madness convinces her and others that it is her duty to cleanse Salem of the devil She says at one point And God gave me strength to call them liars and God made men listen to me and by God I will scrub the world clean for the love of Him Miller 150 Her madness and lust for John Proctor make her a dangerous convincing and eventually powerful member of society After Abbys accusations of witchcraft her uncle Reverend Parris got nervous He called in another pivotal character the infamous Reverend Hale At the beginning of the story this expert on the mystery of witchcraft began investigating the accusations He was convinced that his duty was to rid Salem of any witchcraft or sign of the devil He believed that he was invincible and knew most everything about witchcraft This was displayed when he said It is a strange time Mister Proctor No man may longer doubt the powers of the dark are gathered in monstrous attack upon this village However by the end of the book his duty and
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