The Crucible Questions and Answers
by Arthur Miller

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What is truth in The Crucible?

In The Crucible, although truth is often distorted, what is clearly true is that Abigail lies and is extremely manipulative. She knowingly hides the truth to take revenge on Elizabeth Proctor because she is jealous of her. The truth is that John had an affair with Abigail, and the hurt feelings and jealousy in the aftermath of their affair leads to horrible consequences.

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In The Crucible, it is not always clear what truth is because it is often distorted in both the play and in real life. The story is set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, and modern day readers understand that truth was distorted in the real world at that time and in that setting. When people in the play are accused of practicing dark magic and being witches, modern day audiences know that this characterization cannot be true. However, did the superstitious people of 1692 Salem have a completely different point of view? Was it their truth...

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