The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller. It is about a time of everyday people who use lying as a weapon while saying they are pure and religious. This story is a prime example of how people will do anything to get what they want, even if it means hurting other people.
This story is about a handful of girls who use other people to save themselves. These girls were caught dancing around a fire and what seemed to be a magic brew. Although these girls were doing nothing wrong they felt to be on the safe side to say that other people made them dance and sign the book of the devil. Although all the people in this play is getting betrayed or betraying other people. One of the main people in this story was Abigail Williams. She was mean and would do anything to get what she wanted.
She was in love with an older married man and she was jealous of the wife. Abigail wanted nothing more in her live then to find a way to get rid of his wife so she can take her place. In the process of not getting in trouble for dancing in the woods and trying to get the love of her live, she convinced the other girls of hurting alot if innocent people. She got all sorts of people thrown in prison such as Rebecca Nurse and Mary Warren . She got all these people in trouble by saying she saw them with the devil and accused them of witch craft. John Proctor started to be a nice guy, but later in the book when his wife was accused of witchcraft he seemed to have changed.
He ended up being mean and started to abuse his power to the household maid named Mary Warren who was one of the kids telling lies. He told her that if she did not start telling the truth about her and the other girls then he would kill her. By saying this he showed that he doesnt care for anyone except him and his wife. Even though he knew from the beginning that the girls were lying he let other innocent people die.
When Mary Warren went to the judge to tell the truth she knew either way that she was ruined. She knew that if she told the truth that the other girls would turn on her and accuse her, but if she didnt then she knew the John Proctor would do what he said and kill her. She went to the court and just as she thought the girls said they saw her as a yellow bird. The only thing she could think of to take back what she said and get the girls to stop was to say that John Proctor was into witchcraft and he put a spell on her.
The girls finally stopped with their lies when they went to far, they started to blame the mayors wife. After that the judge finally relized that all of the girls have told nothing but lies and innocent people died for nothing. That was the end of the Salem witch trials.
This story was a good example of how life was back then, and how everyone thought they could have their way. The Salem witch trials killed hundreds of innocent people who died by nothing more than lies.