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One person's victory may become another's tragedy; one person's lie may become another's death sentence.

Elizabeth-Danforth: ''...Answer my question! Is your husband a lecher''Elizabeth: '' No, sir."Oblivious to Proctor's confession, Elizabeth lies about his adultery which leads to Proctor's persecution for perjury. If Elizabeth had told the truth, how would the events have unfolded?-"He have his goodness now. Gof forbid I take it from him!"Unwilling to convince Proctor to change his mind, Elizabeth holds her tongue as Proctor is led to his death. If Elizabeth had fervently pleaded with Proctor to confess, would he have escaped death?

Mary Warren- ''I made a gift for you today, Goody Proctor. I had to sit long hours in a chair, and passed the time sewing.''Mary Warren gifting Elizabeth with the poppet directly influenced Elizabeth's arrest. If there was no poppet, would there be evidence incriminating Elizabeth? Would Proctor later be arrested after confessing his lechery?- '' My name, he want my name. ''I'll murder you,'' he says, ''If my wife hangs! We must go and overthrow the court,'' he says!''Would Danthforth call Proctor a powerful man who is ''combined with the anti-Christ' if Mary Warren had not proclaimed the lines stated above?

Tituba-" And then he come one stormy night to me, and he say, "Look! I have white people belong to me." And I look--and there was Goody Good."Tituba began the accusations by proclaiming Goody Good's name. If she had denied witchery's existence, would the trials even exist?

Abigail"I never alled him! Titube, Tituba..."Abigail initiates the fad of accusing someone to escape persecution. She initiates the process of confessing another's sin to escape condemnation for one's own. Abigail's acusation justified Abigail's authoritative position over the Salem Trials. If Abigail would have been persecuted for witchery, there would be no Salem Trials. Abigail's simple utterance in the midst of panic thrusted Salem into a dark era that would remain prominent for eternity.

Giles-"It discomfits me! Last night--mark this--I tried and tried and could not say my prayers. And then she closes her book and walks out of the house, and suddenly--mark this--I could pray again!"Ignorant of what his simple words would cause, Giles incriminates his own wife of witchcraft. if Giles would have been silent, would Mrs.Corey be executed, would Giles be executed?- "I will not give you no name. I mentioned my wife's name once and I'll burn in hell long enough for that. I stand mute."Giles' act a bravery resulted in his death: If he would have revealed the name of the suspected witch, would Giles have been executed?

Hale- "Excellency, I have signed seventy-two death warrants; I am a minster of the Lord, and I dare not take a life without there be proof so immaculate no slightest qualm on conscience may doubt it."He then supports Proctor's accusation that Abigail is lying.He says, "I believe him! This girl has always struck me false! She has--"Hale can not seem to stick to a belief throughout the play. He is one of leaders that justify the deaths of several women for an "obscene crime". However, he later denounces the court and all of its power. Because of Hale's leadership, many innocent lives were lost; however, if Hale would not have spearheaded this tragedy, would it be relevant today? Would Goody Good have been executed? Would Giles or Proctor have been executed?

Proctor- "I have known her, sir. I have nown her."Proctor confesses his lechery with Abigail, though he is not believed. If Proctor would have said nothing about adultery would he be alive at the end of the play?


The decisions we make and the words we say often influence the way the world unfolds before our eyes.

There is an evident paradox between Hale and Proctor. Initially, they are polar opposites. Proctor is not as respected by authority as Hale because he does not reflect the puritan values honored in the town; however, Hale, a prized minister and exorcist, is welcomed graciously into the town. Hale is not even granted the trust of his wife; though Hale, who is a stranger to the town, is immediately allowed to spearhead a movement against evil in Salem. Although Protor is strong is his values throughout the entire play, Hale abandons his faith and joins the movement against the authority in Salem. Both characters begin to be leaders against hypocrisy and reflect the moral: regardless of your position or social standing, one's decisions still affect history.

The crucible is essentially an allegory of the McCarthy era. These two despicable time periods were the results of irrational decisions made by factious and unknowledgeabe leaders. This similarity supports the theory that history constantly repeats itself as humans continually make the same foollish decisions.


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