Telling a lie will not get you anywhere, any faster.
In the play, The Crucible, it holds many different themes through the whole play. One theme that this play holds is, telling a lie to make everyone scared, in order to get what they wanted. A current event that connects to this is the creepy clowns that make threats and the people who report in. The people connected to the clowns want amusement, and will lie for it.
Abigail will lie to get what she wants:
In the play, Abigail was found with a needle stuck in her belly, and she charged Elizabeth for it. Abigail said that it were Elizabeth's spirit that pushed the needle in her stomach. Cheever said to Mr. and Mrs. Proctor, “The girl, the Williams girl, Abigail Williams, sir. She sat to dinner in Reverend Parris’s house tonight, and without word nor warnin’ she falls to the floor. Like a struck beast, he says, and screamed a scream that a bull would weep to hear. And he goes to save her, and, stuck two inches in the flesh of her belly, he draw a needle out. And demandin’ of her how she come to be so stabbed, she (to Proctor now) testify it were your wife’s familiar spirit pushed it in" (Miller). The theme is present in this scene because Abigail lied to them, she put the needle in her belly herself, and she did this just so she could get what she wanted. Abigail did this in order for Elizabeth to get in trouble/ accused of witchcraft. She wanted this to happen so Elizabeth could be killed and then Abigail would have Proctor to herself. Earlier in play Elizabeth said to John, "She wants me dead, John, you know it!.... Spoke or silent, a promise is surely made. And she may dote on it now I am sure she does and thinks to kill me, then to take my place." Elizabeth believed early in the play that Abigail was framing Elizabeth so she can atke Elizabeth's spot.
Reports to the police about sightings of creepy clowns have proliferated in several states in the past few weeks.
The current event that connects to both the scene in The Crucible and to the theme is the sighting of clowns and the lies told during it. This current event connects to the scene from The Crucible in relation to the theme because in some cases people would call 911 and say that they have seen a clown. On The New York Times website it says, "The Troup County Sheriff’s Office in LaGrange, Ga... investigated a report of people dressed as clowns and standing near a white van.... Deputies who searched the van found no costumes in or around the vehicle.. the authorities interviewed the person who called in the sightings... they said that he admitted to making up the story" (Mele). The person lied to scare others out of their own amusement, he thought it would be funny but it really was not. He used scaring other to get what he wanted, which was amusement but he did not get that because he ended up getting caught for the lie. That is what Abigail did as well, she lied about how the needle got in her stomach so Elizabeth would be accused of witchcraft. Abigail did this so she could end up closer to Proctor, but she never did because he ended up dying.
What is the point?
Lying to get what you want is not the right thing to do. Lying to scare people and then use that to your advantage is not right at all. Do not threaten people that a clown will come and kill them if they do not do something you want them to do. Do not lie about seeing creepy clowns around just out of wanting amusement. If you want something, do not lie to try and get it. If you tell the truth and you get it, then it is meant to happen. If you tell the truth and you do not get it, then it is not meant to happen. Abigail lied over and over again, scaring the whole town about witchcraft and she only did this because she wanted Proctor. In the end though, she did not get him, he along with way too many people died. Telling a lie will not get you anywhere any faster because you will have to be careful with what you say and do after you have said the lie.
Current Event website: Mele, Christopher. "Creepy Clown Hoaxes Lead to 12 Arrests in Multiple States." The New York Times. The New York Times, 30 Sept. 2016. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.
Play: Miller, Arthur. The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts. New York: Viking, 1953. Print.