Rough Draft Throughout history, religion has shaped civilization. It has written and rewritten borders and caused wars. Personal belief and the consequences it brings are applicable to most conflicts, including those of the Salem witch trials. In Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” religion and the church play an important role in the development of both John Proctor and Reverend Parris; Parris serves as a foal for Proctor throughout the play by contrasting his religious views, morals, and integrity, ultimately revealing Proctor’s good heart despite his mistakes. Religious beliefs are extremely influential to characters development.
Proctor and Hale, are similar because they both see the genuine motivations behind the accusations and struggle to defend the people being harmed. Despite these similarities, they also have major differences in their nature; since they have contrasting levels of devotion to Puritanism and to the moral principles they live by. Reverend Hale and John Proctor are both similar because they discover the malicious intentions of the accusations, and tries to avert further damage dealt by these false accusations. When John first hears about the trials, he doubts the legitimacy of the court proceedings. He even considers going to Salem to persuade the Deputy Governor from convicting innocent people.
The most notable martyr, though, is John Proctor. Throughout The Crucible we witness Proctor’s personality and character change for the better because he chooses to follow his core beliefs. Proctor is put in a very difficult situation. He is accused of practicing witchcraft, and though the evidence given was false, he has to choose one of two options- admit to practicing witchcraft or fight for his beliefs and keep his reputation from being tainted. Proctor chooses the second option as he believes that is right thing to do.
Reverend Parris was a religious leader in Salem during the witch trials. The Reverend’s motivation for supporting the trials were his hunger for power and position in the community, his determination to protect his image and reputation, and to protect his own self from persecution. Overall, Parris was a man of greed. This greed is his motivation for most of his actions. Hunger for power and position in the community was a huge motivation for the reverend.
A lot of Edwards writing is meant for a more mature audience and mostly Puritans. Edwards uses fear to persuade the audience into being a servant of God. He was very strict in his morals and if you did not obey God you would go to hell, and if you were a good servant you would go to heaven. As a pastor he believed everyone should go to heaven and he would do anything to make sure of that, in one of Edwards writings “From Sinners in the Hands of God” he would use words like “his wrath in hell” (Edwards 79). He would use a lot of imagery and detail in his writing to scare the audience even more, for example, ‘hell is gaping for them, the flames gather and flash about them, and would fain lay hold on them…” (Edwards
Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards were unique Puritan writers.Edwards wrote Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God and Bradstreet wrote For my Dear and Loving Husband and Upon the Burning of Our House.These writers followed the Puritan religion which was a religion where you give yourself to Jesus Christ and if they did not then they claimed that you would be dropped into the pit of hell. Puritans however, did not tolerate female writers but Anne Bradstreet went against it. Edwards and Bradstreet’s writings were very unique and had some similarities including their powerful word choice and personality. Even though Jonathan Edwards uses harsh words while Anne Bradstreet uses soft and loving words, they still had similarities in their personality
Martin Luther King Jr. and Antigone are very different people and they have quite similar aspirations. Antigone and Martin Luther King Jr. had ambitions of fighting injustice, and they tried to achieve them by standing up for what they believe in. Antigone uses more of her religious views to help her case, while Martin Luther King Jr. uses more logic and allusions to help his case. Antigone and Martin Luther King Jr. speeches use great words to help justify their beliefs; however, because of their different time periods, they use different types of references to help them obtain their goals. Martin Luther King Jr. uses references towards historical and political figures to show his stance on the United States Government during his time.
The Crucible is written by Arthur Miller, and it is a religious play of revenge, hatred, jealousy and witchcraft. This play takes place in a town called Salem, where people are very sensitive to sin and applaud death as an accurate punishment based on the amount of sins one person contains. By applying the psychological lens to the two characters Abigail and Elizabeth, differences of personality take more value than similarities. Causing opposite effects to the people around them, where one harms and other helps. Both are able to achieve the love of John Proctor through their own ways.
His situation value of greed shows a positive change in his character development as the play progressed. Another example of situational values making a change for the better is through Revered John Hale and his regret in his initial decisions. He comes to Salem as a partisan of Christianity and sets the hysteria in motion; starting to question all of the residents and their ways of life. He serves as the catalyst of the conflicts surrounding witchcraft in Salem, however his values change as his trepidation grows. Hale enters Salem with confidence in his expertise in witchcraft to examine Betty, Reverend Parris’s daughter.
This paper would zoom in into the complexity of the ritual as a feature of Yom Kippur. The ritual for atonement is a long process rich in symbolism that helped shaped religion and culture. The researcher would critically examine its complexity. Its complexity is an avenue for men to reflect of their sins, and really seek repentance. This is because atonement and repentance, although closely related, are two different things.