In the play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller it is clear to the reader that many of the characters are hypocrites. Throughout the play characters constantly preach virtues that they don't practice or possess. In the play characters including, Abigail Williams, Reverend Parris, and Judge Danforth show these qualities consistently. In this essay the reader will be made aware of the characters hypocritical wayâ€™s through examples in the play. The reader will also be made aware of the reason for why so many people cried witchcraft.
Abigail Williams, niece of Reverend Parris, shows she is a hypocrite in many times. An example of this is her relationship with John Proctor. In the play Abigail sayâ€™s how she loves John Proctor and would do anything for him (i.e. trying to kill Johnâ€™s wife Elizabeth so she might be with him instead.) However, when she is faced with a problem she flees and doesnâ€™t even think about John. When Abigail says, â€œItâ€™s she put me out, you cannot pretend it were you. I saw your face when she put me out, and you loved me then and you do now!â€(p.22) It is obvious that Abigail feels she loves John and that he loves her just the same. However, later on in the play Abigail leaves Salem and John when she feels that sheâ€™s in danger. This shows how Abigailâ€™s actions contradict her proposed feelings for John and prove that she is a hypocrite.
Another character who shows their hypocritical side is Abigailâ€™s Uncle Reverend Samuel Parris. Parris the minister in Salem is perhaps the most hypocritical character in the entire play. Parrisâ€™s constant referrals to his salary and being given the deed to the townâ€™s meeting house are often factors in his continuous meshing of his version of Godliness and who might take part in witchcraft. An example of Parrisâ€™s hypocritical ways is when Rebecca Nurse a highly respected woman