January 29, 2016


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.

January 29, 2016


The theme that stood out the most in class while reading The Crucible is betrayal.  John Proctor is a good man in the eyes of the Salem community, and that is something John cherishes.  John, however, has a secret that he cannot let out, because it will ruin his good name.  That secret is that he did commit adultery with Abigail.  His wife, Elizabeth, knows of this and can’t help but strain their relationship.  John resents Elizabeth for not regaining his trust and forgiving him, which is awkward because he is the one who did betrayed her. In act three John says, “No, Francis, it is true, it is true.  She will deny it, but you will believe me, sir; a man… a man will not cast away his good name, sir, you surely know that”  This is where John finally confesses his lechery with Abigail.  Soon after this Dansworth asks Elizabeth if this is true.  She refuses to accept it because she is only trying to save John’s good name.  I wouldn’t have expected her to do this because John let it out, and that might make her embarrassed for living with a lying husband in this community.  I think the only reason she did deny it is because he told the truth to try and regain her trust.

January 29, 2016

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A situation in the play that stood out for me is brought out in these lines,

“I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying less I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men! And now you bid me tear the light of my eyes? I will not, I cannot! You loved, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!”

In these lines Abigail tries to convince John that the sex they had was meaningful which she believed had confirmed his love for her. John doesn’t admit it but inside he does have feelings for her, for it says he blushed when he saw her. Even if he may have feelings for her, he cannot show it for that would truly show how a fraud he is to the town. He’s stuck between a rock and a hard place with this heated love triangle that he created between himself, Abigail, and his wife. The theme served here is Abigail’s obsessive lust for John. It’s Abigail’s obsession for John that drives her psychotic and goes as far as charging his wife, Elizabeth, with a warrant to the court. She’s angry with denial when John says the love for her was not real and thinks getting rid of Elizabeth is the best solution. Her insanity is brought out when she stages a terrible accident about a needle being pushed in by Elizabeth’s spirit. She has it all staged and frames Elizabeth for it, even when she has done nothing wrong. It’s sad how Elizabeth becomes a victim and John doesn’t have the courage to stand up for his own wife because his valued reputation would be at stake. This melds in other themes like betrayal and cruelty. Elizabeth still loves her husband and is taking all the damage. Yet, this all could have been prevented if John had stayed true to Elizabeth and did not have an affair with Abigail.


January 29, 2016

PlanSpe The Crucible Theme

The theme I have decided upon is deception. On page 82-83, Francis Nurse says “Excellency, we have proof for your eyes; God forbid you shut them to it. The girls, sir, the girls are frauds.” He later goes on to say “We have proof of it, sir. They are all deceiving you.”

The play is based of deception. I know that’s a pretty daring thing to say but you have to look at it from a different angle. These girls get caught dancing naked in the woods. Back in those times that was incredibly dirty, and frowned upon. There is really only one way to avoid the punishment; that one way is to lie. As we know lie on top of lie get thrown out into the community until everyone is deceived by this idea of witch craft. They have Rev. Hale who is some Witch Craft expert who has deceived everyone with his books that contain knowledge of how to tell if someone is a witch, or the different kinds of witches. They have people believing the reason they had miscarriages is because of some evil spiritual power. It’s all just one big fraudulent act. It all started with the girls lying about what they were really doing out in the forest. So instead of being honest and taking the punishment they unknowingly used deception to cause the Salem Witch Trials. These girls had no idea what they were doing or what was going to happen, yet now everyone is so deceived they are having trouble finding reality again. That’s why I chose deception as my theme and that’s why I chose my quote. Francis Nurse, John Proctor, and several others know this is all a product of bad timing and several lies; and they are trying to bring that to light.

January 29, 2016


One of the themes of The Crucible is vengeance, and is most prominently displayed through Abigail’s character. Abigail slept with John Procter, Elizabeth Procter’s husband. After this brief affair John did not want to see Abigail anymore. Abigail, when confronted with this, makes the next most logical choice and has Tituba make her a charm so that way she can (unsuccessfully) attempt to kill Elizabeth Procter and take her place as John Procter’s wife. This (obviously) did not go as planned so Abigail did the next best thing, she brought up Elizabeth’s name during court hearings and then proceeded to stab herself with a needle. She Claimed Elizabeth sent her spirit upon her through a doll, Elizabeth was arrested soon after. John Procter, upon hearing this, went to the “courthouse” to try and provide evidence for his wife’s innocence. John Procter brought Mary Warren to the judge and she confessed that the other girls and she had been falsely accusing people of witchcraft. When Abigail was Betrayed by Mary and her testimony, Abigail began to put on a large display and claimed that Mary was a witch and manifested her spirit into a bird that was trying to tear off Abigail’s face for being prettier than she was. Realizing how desperate the situation had become, John Procter confronted Abigail, and confessed lechery at a final attempt to discredit Abigail’s testimony. Unfortunately, Abigail used this as an opportunity to get revenge on John Procter and accused him of witchcraft, subsequently leading to his arrest.

January 29, 2016

Ridajer The Crucible

“Proctor: Why, she done it herself! I hope you’re not takin’ this for proof, Mister!

Cheever: Tis hard proof! I find her a poppet Goody Proctor keeps. I have found it, sir. And in the belly of the poppet a needle’s stuck. I tell you true, Proctor, I never warranted to see such proof of Hell, and I bid you obstruct me not, for I–”

The theme that stood out to me from the rest that we brainstormed in class is superstition. The town of Salem has gotten to the point where their superstition will make them believe anything anyone says, even a group of little girls. The lines I chose reveals what superstition can lead to if it gets out of control and how naïve the people of Salem are. Their superstition led them to believe Abigail’s story that the spirit of Goody Proctor was what stabbed Abigail with the needle that was found stuck in her stomach. They believed a teenager’s story without questioning it or looking for any other possible solution. A normal poppet was used as proof to confirm that Goody Proctor was a witch even though at first Cheever didn’t know if it was or wasn’t Goody Proctor’s poppet. Cheever would have to believe deeply in superstition to believe that a poppet was used to hurt Abigail. It still was not enough to convince Cheever that Goody Proctor wasn’t guilty even after Mary Warren came into the scene and confessed that she sewed the poppet while she sat by Abigail while they were at court. This part of the scene shows how narrow minded people can get because of their superstition. Cheever would rather believe the story Abigail has made up, instead of facts that has been given by Marry Warren.

January 29, 2016

Songzac_The Crucible

In the play jealousy seems to play a big role, and how Abigail wants to get what she cant have, and that is John Proctor. Abigail tries multiple ways to get what she wants, but none of them really work they just destroy the situation, and make it even worse. Towards the beginning of the play Betty says, “You did, You did! You drank the charm to kill John Proctor’s wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!” When Betty says this she says it in a way like she was scared, and she just wanted to tell the truth. She kind of blurts it out, and Abigail tries to get her to shut up about it. Abigail wants it to stay a secret, and she also does this later on when she stabs herself with a needling after she convinces the jury that Goody Proctor was a witch. Abigail wants to take John from Goody, and she is doing it in any way that she possibly can. She doesn’t care if Goody dies, or anything she wants John. This whole play kind of evolves around Abigail, and her pursuit for John, and the things that she is willing to do in order to get him. Betty’s line was one of the big things that kind of set this play off, and let it go to where it is now. There are things that people are willing to do because they are jealousy of someone, and they want something that they can’t have.

January 29, 2016


The theme that stood out to me was how ignorance. The quote that really shows this is when Danforth says that Proctor doesn’t need a lawyer. “But witchcraft is ipso facto, on its face and by its nature, an invisible crime, is it not? Therefore, who may possibly be witness to it? The witch and the victim. None other…Therefore, what is left for a lawyer to bring out?” When Danforth says this, he is basically saying that since no one can witness witchcraft can’t be seen, lawyers are useless in the trials. If that is the case, then why have the trials in the first place if only the victims and the witch are the only witnesses? The only reason that they are doing these trials is because some little girls were doing things that are taboo to their people and needed an excuse for doing it. What better choice for a scape goat then the people that are well known in the village, the strange people of the village, and the poor people. But no one else sees through the lie that the girls have made because they are all ignorant and and don’t want to believe the truth that there isn’t anything as witchcraft. The only person that knows that witchcraft isn’t real is Danforth, but he is letting it go on since it would make him look stupid if he the 491 people that he locked up in jail free. He has to appeal to the people that he thinks that witchcraft is really and contradicts himself in the process.

January 29, 2016

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“Make your peace with it! Now Hell and Heaven grapple on our backs, and all our old pretense is ripped away—make your peace! Peace. It is a providence, and no great change; we are only what we always were, but naked now. Aye naked! And the wind, God’s ice wind, will blow! – John Proctor right after his wife Elizabeth Proctor got arrested.

Pretense is a very prominent theme in The Crucible so far. There are several lines in this play that talks about the theme pretense. The line that I quoted above represents how much pretense there really was in Salem during the time of the witch trials. Miller mentions several pretense instances throughout this play. Having this many lines about pretense allows the readers to get a better understanding on how many people are pretending about their lives in Salem. This line is complicated and hard to understand, but once you make sense of what Proctor is telling Mary one can comprehend the conversation a little better. When Proctor says this to Mary Warren he wants her to make peace with everything she has done and said. He wants her to stop all the pretending and tell the truth for once so that no one gets hurt. The truth will eventually be reveled so there is no reason to hide anymore, especially with all the innocent people that keep getting hurt. In a way, Proctor is also talking about himself when he says this line. Proctor has his own pretense that he needs to “rip away”. He needs to make peace with the fact that he lusted for Abigail and is currently paying the consequences for it. Nothing will change once people make peace with their own pretenses. They are the same people as they were before, the only difference is that once they make peace God will be on their side more than the Devil will be.

January 29, 2016


There is a lot of deception in this play, with hidden intentions of people and many secrets. There is one major deception and then a lot of small ones of peoples hidden intents. The major deception is Abigail and the other girls fooling judge Danforth. Abigail’s motives for deceiving are she is hoping to get Elizabeth Proctor hung for witchcraft. That is because another secret is that John Proctor cheated on his wife Elizabeth with Abigail. So Abigail thinks Elizabeth is out of the picture that she will take Elizabeth’s place as John’s wife. Judge Danforth has a sense and somewhat believes that he is being deceived, but has put almost five hundred people in jail. So if he admitted that he was deceived he would look like a fool for believing little girls and putting almost five hundred people in jail. Deception is used a lot in this play and I believe it is used very well. It makes the play very exciting and makes you want to read more. It flows with the play nicely and makes it very interesting. Its very important to the play it is a play that needs to be deceiving and is. Another part in the play that is deceptive is that Thomas Putnam is after the land of the man his daughter accused of witchcraft. Also he is the only one who can afford to purchase the land after it goes up for sale. The deception is all for peoples motives to get what the want. It is also what makes this play so interesting.