Maggie Johnson February 11, 2013
American Lit X Period 2
Hypocrisy in “The Crucible” and Todays Society
In the play “The Crucible”, by Arthur Miller, the theme of hypocrisy seems to correspond with today’s society. Miller writes a fictional story that revolves around true characters consumed with hypocrisy, much like real people and leaders today. Both the characters in the book and real people share the traits of hypocrites. In the book we see hypocrisy shown by Abigail Williams, Reverend Parris, and Governor Danforth. In today’s world hypocrisy is demonstrated by everyday citizens and even political leaders.
Throughout “The Crucible”, Abigail Williams commits the largest act of hypocrisy. The main display of Abby’s hypocrisy is her incessant accusations of the accused as being unholy, God-damned and doing the Devils work. Abby claims to be a good church going Puritan, when in reality she is not. Abby commits a minimum of three sins throughout the play. The first sin is adultery committed with John Proctor. The second sin is what the audience assumes to be pre-marital sex. The last sin is the ever-present lies that seem to be ever flowing from Abigail’s mouth, "I want to open myself! I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss his hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!" (Miller, p.48). Abigail is trying desperately to keep her “white name” in the town of Salem, the only logical thing in her mind is to wipe out everyone and anything that might conjure the truth about what the girls were doing that night in the forest.
The second largest hypocrite is Reverend Parris. In the opening act of the play, Parris is concerned with the blackening of his name and reputation, rather than the care of his seemingly sick daughter. Parris continues to question Abby about the...