For this blog I am going to talk to you about a theme that stuck out to me in the play “The Crucible”. I picked the theme of lies and deceit. These themes have been going on a lot in this play, one part in particular was on page 17 of act 1.
“ABIGAIL, pulling her away from the window: I told him everything; he knows now, he knows everything we—
BETTY: You drank blood, Abby! You didn’t tell him that!
ABIGAIL: Betty, you never say that again! You will never—
BETTY: You did, you did! You drank a charm to kill John Proctor’s wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!
ABIGAIL, smashes her across the face: Shut it! Now shut it!
BETTY, collapsing on the bed: Mama, Mama! (She dissolves into sobs.)
ABIGAIL: Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters. And that is all. And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parents’ heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down! (She goes to Betty and roughly sits her up.) Now, you—sit up and stop this!But Betty collapses in her hands and lies inert on the bed.”
I feel that from this part in the play we learn the true motives behind Abigail’s actions. She uses the threat of violence to get the girls to agree on a story to protect herself. She want them to lie and deceive others so that she can stay innocent. Abigail also lies about her ability to see spirits.Lying happens a lot in this play. Almost all the character in “The Crucible” lie at one time or another if not to others then to themselves.