how this statement is related to the crucible? "it is wise to confess to a crime you didn't commit, if confessing means you'll avoid punishment."

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In addition to litteacher8's examples, we can say that this quote relates to John Proctor's situation in the last act of the play. He has two options there: to falsely confess and avoid death by hanging or to truthfully deny any participation in witchcraft and die. 

Proctor considers the "wisdom"...

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In addition to litteacher8's examples, we can say that this quote relates to John Proctor's situation in the last act of the play. He has two options there: to falsely confess and avoid death by hanging or to truthfully deny any participation in witchcraft and die. 

Proctor considers the "wisdom" of the quote here and ultimately decides that honor is better than wisdom.

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There were definitely some people who decided to confess. Consider that if you do not confess they will hang you unless you are pregnant, because apparently they do not believe in killing the unborn child as well as the supposed witch. People sometimes do what they have to.
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