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The Crucible by Arthur Miller runs with one central theme that hits you in the face throughout the play Fear and paranoia Fear weaves itself into the play in every act and every bit of dialogue right from the very stand and remains an important theme until the end This play kicks itself off with Reverend Parris horrified at even the mention of witchcraft If anyone were to hear that anyone in his family was dabbling in witchcraft then his reputation in the town would surely be ruined After Abigail is questioned she lies in fact many lies are told through the course of the play It was rare for people to lie because they feared judgment and punishment Tituba Parris maid from Barbados proceeded to lie to protect herself fearing being killed for witchcraft Meanwhile Betty has faked illness as to not be punished by Parris only waking when she sees a way out of being punished naming names along with the others As the chaos continues we find more fear within John Proctor Proctor is a farmer a father and a respected man in the town Proctor has had an affair with Abigail and tries as hard as he can to keep it a secret so that he can keep his good name within the town His wife Elizabeth Proctor has known of the affair yet still continues to remain royal to her husband Mary Warren the Proctors maid remains silent about the lies being told by herself and the other girls Abigail has made it very clear that if any of the girls utter even a word of the truth behind their lies that she will harm them Near the end of the play Proctor finally realizes what must be done as he watches his life fall apart in front of his eyes while almost the whole town cries witchcraft on everything Elizabeth Giles wife and many other women in the
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