January 22, 2018
“There’s no good in lying”
“Lying and dishonesty never work— and it is a great human tragedy that people think dishonesty can ”work for a good motive” this was said by author Ayn Rand. What she is talking about is something that has become far too normalized in today’s society. Thus being; lying. People have become so used to the concept of not telling the truth, that it is actually praised to be an honest person. Lying has always, and unfortunately, will always be a trait that every human relies on, at some point of their life. But the real question is, when has lying ever gotten you anywhere without a consequence? Being dishonest will only backfire on you at some point. In the reading of The Crucible, lying and skimming away from the truth is exercised in many ways. Perhaps we shall start with Elizabeth Proctor. Although she only meant well, her lies and dishonesty took a turn for the worst. Being dishonest causes mistrust, self-sabotage, and guilt.
? John Proctor claims that Elizabeth has never lied, however, when Elizabeth was brought into the court, she lied to Danforth about Proctor not being a lecher. “On my last night of my joy, some eight months past. She used to serve me in my house, sir. A man may think God sleep, but God sees everything. I know it now … My dear good wife took this girl soon after. She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly (pg. 1309). Proctor was confessing what happened so Elizabeth wouldn’t get punished. “In her life, sir, she has never lied (pg. 1310). There are them that cannot sing, and them that cannot weep—my wife cannot lie.” Proctor made a pretty big statement here, that was then proven false. Due to Elizabeth lying in the court, she caused her husband to look bad and is now considered a liar.
No one in the Crucible lies as much as Abigail. For Abigail lying comes easy to her. This lie, the lie of her being involved in witchcraft has gone far, probably farther than she ever thought it would. Abigail lies about her ability to see spirits and asks the girls to lie for her too. In act One of the crucible Abigail threatens the girls into lying and going with her stories, she says to them ” 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.113-132)” by Abigail saying all this it shows how much she wants her lie to live. She wants everyone to lie with her.
Proctor has told many lies. He no longer is what is known in Salem a “Puritanism”. He is everything but that. He does not follow the Bible of his religion. He showed a lot of dishonesty towards his wife Elizabeth. He has broken Elizabeth’s trust and heart. On page 65-74, Proctor found himself with Abigail alone , and when Elizabeth asked he said they weren’t alone. Elizabeth can not find herself to trust him. She questions his every move. Yet that does not stop Proctor from continually lying to his wife about his whereabouts. John has lied on oath and committed lechery and it’s only coming back to him. Elizabeth will never get over the fact that he was dishonest.
All in all, lying has always been considered a bad thing to do. Yet anyone who is able to speak often finds themselves lying at some point in their life. Lying is a natural thing. It is easy way out of situations you may find yourself in. The Crucible displays many examples of dishonesty and lies.