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What is a crucible A crucible is a time in history when political or cultural changes take an effect changing a society into a different shape than what it began as Throughout the play there is a battle between truth and deception that is set in the Protestant town of Salem Massachusetts In Salem at this time young women were accusing their elders of witchcraft just to get out of a whipping Many people were dying because they would not lie and condemn their soul to an eternity with the devil Crucible is commonly associated with a piece of metal that has been heated and reshaped to its makers desire The witchcraft trails were being caused by simple white lies of children that are being taken to the limits to secure their place in society Abigail Williams and her friend are caught by her uncle dancing naked in the forest and conjuring spirits but instead of admitting to her sins when Rev Parris makes the simple statement If you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know for surely my enemies will and they will ruin me with it Miller 10 she lies and tells him that she was not conjuring but she were just dancing and she threatens her fellow sinners with this comment I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down Miller 20 this shows that she is willing to protect her lie even if it mean breaking one of the ten commandments that her society embraces as their law and way of life One of the main causes of the trials was Abigails ability to use scare tactics to keep the others at bay One of the many problems in Salem was that the way that the court
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