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The Lie in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

Komala, Cindy Natalia (2009) The Lie in Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Bachelor thesis, Petra Christian University.

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Abstract

This thesis is about the reasons and consequence of Abigail Williams' lie. It is based on Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, a play of the seventeenth century Puritans who were involved in witch-hunts and witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The main character, Abigail Williams holds an important role of everything that happened in her community. I am interested in discussing why Abigail lies and what are the consequences of her lies in the society. Asides from applying the theory of characterization and conflict, I also use the concept of lie to analyze why Abigail lies and the consequences of her lies in the society. From the analysis, I find that lie can be used by Abigail as a tool to survive and gain power. Abigail's lie can make the court unable to see the truth and lie. A simple lie can blur the line between truth and lie. As a result, lie becomes truth. The court gives the death penalty to the innocent people and the court has to face the consequence that is being distrusted by the citizen.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor)
Uncontrolled Keywords: lie, power, witchery, distrust
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Admin
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2011 18:48
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2011 10:21
URI: http://repository.petra.ac.id/id/eprint/4278

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