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Hypocrisy in The Crucible

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Transcript of Hypocrisy in The Crucible

Hypocrisy in The Crucible
The Church and the Court
Reverend Parris
Abigail Williams
Liars
The Church and the court both state that all liars will be damned
One of the 10 commandments is “thou shall not lie”
The court asks people to lie about being a witch or else they will kill them

Murder
• Also the 10 commandments state “thou shall not kill” and because of the theocracy the church and the court are connected
• The court is hanging people because they won’t lie about being a witch

Fairness
The court says they want to be fair but they convict people with children’s word and little evidence
They sentence citizens to death unless they lie about committing witchcraft
No one ever goes to the court and is found innocent. They either face death or have to lie to avoid death.
Why Parris thinks John Proctor is unchristian....
Does not attend church.
"Such a christian that will not come to church but once in a month." - Parris.
He does not like Parris.
"I have no love for Mr. Parris. It is no secret."- Proctor
He plowed on Sunday.
"I have once or twice plowed on sun."- Proctor
BUT Parris is actually the unchristian one...

His sermons are about hell and damnation.
"I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation"- Proctor
He is greedy and wants more money because he went to Harvard and believes he is above and more educated than everyone.
"The salary is 66 pound, Mr. Proctor! I am not some preaching farmer with a book under my arm; I am a graduate of Harvard College."- Parris
He only cares about his reputation.
"But if you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will and they will ruin me with it"- Parris
Manipulative
Liar
• She says she is an innocent and honest girl but really she is making false accusations against everyone. She is also a very good liar.
• She threatens all her friends we learned that the true motives behind Abby's actions; she tries to get the girls to agree on a story to protect herself. She threatens them with violence, and their belief that she might know some real witchcraft just to keep them in line.

Accusations
Had an affair with John Proctor and She also ironically calls Elizabeth a liar; "Goody proctor is a gossiping liar" meanwhile she is the liar
She accuses many of the citizens of Salem just to get revenge
Does she really love God?
She says she loves God and follows his ways, but she really fuels the witch trials and is seen as a devil-like character, by blaming witchcraft on other women.
“I want the light of God; I want the sweet love of Jesus... I go back to Jesus.”



“How were you instructed in your life? Do you not know that God damns all liars?
She cannot speak. Or is it now that you lie'!” – Danforth
Danforth who Is the a judge states that God damns all liars but later in the book he says:
"Will you plead for his confession or will you not?” to Elizabeth. Asking her if she will convince her husband to lie about witchcraft.

Hale who was also part of the court says to Elizabeth "I beg you, woman, prevail upon your husband to confess. Let him give his lie. Quail not before God’s judgment in this, for it may well be God damns a liar less than he that throws his life away for pride. Will you plead with him? I cannot think he will listen to another."

The church/court and the people of Salem are hypocritical in The Crucible.
The church and court are excellent examples of hypocrisy. Why do you think so? Give examples.
Reverend Parris is extremely hypocritical. Do you agree? If so, give an example of when he was acting like a hypocrite.
Abby is also another hypocritical character in the crucible. Do you agree? Why or why not?
Who believes gossip is harmful?
How many of you have been affected by gossip?
How many of you have heard about the effects of gossip?
How many of you have heard or seen a show such as Tmz?
How many of you have ever said something about someone behind their back?
Most of us are hypocrites in our everyday lives with out even realizing that we are, even knowing the effects of gossip it doesn't stop us from doing it.
Just like in The Crucible, even though they say lying is a sin it doesn't stop them from doing it.
Sermons
Greed
Reputation
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