Whatever one may try to do to escape the behavior of lying is simply an element of human nature that cannot be avoided. In the play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, many characters commit the sin of dishonesty, each with a different motive. The strict Puritan setting of the play often forces the characters to compromise their honesty because they feel as though their only solution is to lie.
Even though Abagail and John Proctor did have an affair, Proctor denies the act. "Wipe it out of your mind. We never touched, Abby." Proctor, knowing very well that they did have an affair, denies it in a dishonest manner. He doesn't want to reveal his dishonesty, knowing, that he cheated on his wife. Abagail will not allow him to let the sin down. He is terrified that Abby will reveal what he has committed and everyone will find out, but by withholding it, he is only enticing Abagail.
Abagail accuses Elizabeth for worshiping the Devil so she can have John Proctor to herself. Abagail believes that Elizabeth is strewing lies about her throughout the town and she thinks something needs to be done about it. This type of lying is a one who wants to disbelieve even though it may be true.
Tituba was a character that seemed to be very dishonest just so she was able to keep herself from being hung. "Man or woman. Was ---- was woman." When Parris asked Tituba if the Devil came with a man or a woman, Tituba replied dishonestly and said that the Devil came with a woman. Hale then promises to protect her if she can tell who they were that came. He informs her that the Devil can never overcome a minister. Tituba confessed herself to witchcraft, which allowed Hale...