Authority In The Crucible

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As for Hale, in the beginning of the play authority for him is absolute and just whatever it does it is the right thing, but as the events unfold, he comes to understand that just because the court has the upper hand does not necessarily mean that it does the right thing. That is why he recants the procedures of the trails and condemns them (Bly 68). " I denounce these proceedings, I quit the court " ( III .iii. 120). To Danforth when it comes to authority, it is sacred , so accordingly, he is very strict to see it well served. He perceives the court as the highest authority, so he would not permit people to criticize the way he runs it. Anyone who dares to speak against the legitimate power they are accused of witchcraft (Bly…show more content…
Miller has always appreciated symbolism in The Crucible. He has used many symbols to cement the ideas of the play and to comment on what he needs to convey. Ideas are present in nearly every symbol he uses. Mary 's puppet that is used to set Elizabeth up is a symbol for Salem 's arrogance that sets the will of fanatics. The witch trails represent tyranny and injustice rising from wrath, intolerance, mass hysteria and the desire for revenge. The stones that kill Corey symbolize the weight of sin and guilt committed by the corrupted in Salem (Gottfried 219). Miller represents The Crucible as an allegory to McCarthyism, the anti-movement to communism. The American people loathed communism and whoever found guilty was killed. In The Crucible many people are falsely accused of witchcraft as in Miller 's world many were victims of false accusations. In both cases, the ruthless accusations were believed and people falsely confessed to escape death. The Crucible is an extended metaphor for the era of terror known as McCarthyism in America ( Gottfried 187). Miller employs allusion in The Crucible to demonstrate blunder in reason. For example, when the witchcraft scholar Hale is asked how such a virtuous woman like Rebecca could be serving the devil he replies that the devil too seemed virtuous. He says that the devil is a deceiver and 'until an hour before he fell, even God thought him beautiful in Heaven" (II. iii. 76). Another one comes when Goody Proctor describes how…show more content…
Regarding the plot, The Crucible may be seen as a traditional tragedy. The exposition introduces elements essential to the reader to comprehend the action and grasp the meaning behind it. The introduction in act I prepares the scene and unlock information about the important characters and conflicts that burst later on. Proctor 's sense of guilt, Abigail 's menace, Parris and Putnam 's fear of witches are necessary to the unfolding of the events ( Moss 78). Miller comes to the rising action in which he sets to motion the themes, conflicts and incidents of the introduction. In act I the reader sees the rising action when Mrs. Putnam and Parris irritate the belief in sorcery. It goes to act II when the personal interests and prejudices are the fuel of the false accusations that the good become victims...... The rising action include John proctor who is prevented from doing the right thing for a while over his fear of his guilt and the fear of being exposed as an adulterer. The main crisis of the climax takes place at the end of act II as the play 's hardest moment to the reader is provoked by the arrest of Goody Proctor, So John to resist the corruption even if his sin is revealed. The Falling action begins when Proctor is unable to sway the court from the wrong manner. His moral crisis when he is caught between rescuing his wife or himself formulate and shape the falling action. The reader find himself in front of a poor, suffering soul who struggles between
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