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Be yourself everyone else is already taken In other words dontpretend to be someone you are not Dont lie to protect a secret thatwill only bring shame to your true holy name In Arthur Millers playThe Crucible some of the characters are lying in order to get thingsand protect the secrets of others A crucible is a severe trial of testIn the play the characters are faced with a crucible in the form ofwitchcraft Only when it comes down to the last moments of the life ordeath situation do some realize that truth is the only way to save theirsouls Arthur Miller teaches us all that dying an honest holy man ismuch better for the soul than dying a dishonest unholy man In theplay while some characters like John Proctor change for the betterothers like Abigail Williams stay the same In the case of AbigailWilliams she actually grows to be more vengeful and manipulative thanshe ever wasMiller has Abigail Williams use the desire to have John Proctor toherself and the witnessing of her parents murders to fuel the firebehind the accusations of witchcraft Early in the play it is statedthat Abigail 17-year old niece of Reverend Parris and John Proctorhusband of Elizabeth Proctor had an affair when she was working for theProctors Elizabeth Proctor finds out about the affair and throwsAbigail out The stage is set for what is about to come when Abigailsays She is telling lies about me She is a cold sniveling womanand you bend to her 1460-462 When John Proctor tells Abigail thathe will not leave his wife for her Abigail is less than pleased She ison a mission to do whatever it takes to get John to be hers She isone-hundred percent convinced that she is in love with him and that heis in love with her but will not admit it because Elizabeth has somesort of spell over him A bunch of the girls including her cousinBetty were
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