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In The Crucible the townspeople of Salem have caught a satanic-panic fever They are so scared of witches soiling their holy town that one rumor kills twenty-three people In a town where the truth is suppose to prevail the ones accused of witchcraft proclaim their innocence Yet no one believes them The children who lie to save themselves are however believed On page 131 Elizabeth asks What do you want of me This quote to me best explains the theme through out the book Salem is a theocracy run by the Puritan religion This religion strongly emphasizes the attribute of being trustworthy So when these innocent people are accused they turned to the truth but it wasnt their to save them None of the authorities in this matter would listen to the truth because they thought having the power that they know what the truth was If they were found guilty they would lose their land their only asset to pass on to their children So their only option was to lie or to blame someone else The accused were forced to claim that another witch had sent her spirit out on her and forced her to do the ungodly act Then one was torn between following their religion or saving their family Thus the quote what do you want of me comes into play Ones conscience is split in half--morality or loyalty In Salema town running rampant with religionyou would think that the truth would set you free but not here Now it is used against you It traps you It holds your family down It puts your loved ones in jail So once again you have to ask yourselfmorality or loyalty There is only so much that one can take and I think that Elizabeth shows that she is breaking when she asks this She can not lie like the others but she feels like she must contemplate the idea The simple fact
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