Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do? Whether it be stealing cookies that were meant to be eaten after supper, or a murder that you didn’t commit, some day or another we will all be accused of something. And who knows, it may be true! In The Crucible, over ninety people are accused of witchcraft by a few young girls who just want to have a little fun, but don’t realize what their actions have caused. Yesterday, I talked about how this play reminds me of autumn and the eerie time around fall that I get. But this play also shows me how twisted some humans can be. When prominent men in society believe in the lies and pretendings of little girls, that’s when you know you’ve messed up. In the latter part of The Crucible, especially the third act, the whole plot line is of the trial where the judge brings up the accused and the accusers and lets them tell their side of the story. An interesting part would be the end of act three when Abigail says she sees a yellow bird up in the rafters, intent on attacking her. Coincidently, she is the only one who can see said bird. The court is dismissed as is act three. In the beginning of act four, we come to find out that Abigail and Mercy Lewis are missing, thought to be on a ship, taking her uncle’s money with her. We also learned earlier that Elizabeth Proctor is pregnant, which saved her from being hung. Her husband John, was accused by the girls, sort of as a payback for him telling the court about the affair he had with Abigail, of witchcraft and is sentenced to hang the next morning. Giles Corey, another one of the accused, has been pressed to death by big rocks. Early that morning, three people, including Proctor, are led to the gallows to be hanged.
The play is just astounding. What one accusation can lead to and the troubles it can cause is so good for us to learn about, even outside of the Salem Witch trials and just in general. If you read this book and learn one thing from it, let it be to not accuse someone until you have provable facts and do it in a polite and orderly manner. Don’t follow the examples of those young girls, who were childish and irresponsible, and cause harm and sadness to people who don’t deserve it. On a lighter note, I have the newest version of the movie adaptation in my queue on Netflix and I cannot wait to watch it! Happy reading everyone.