We often seen someone is only care about himself, they don’t care about others even their family and they always have excuse of it. Reverend Parris is a kind of this person. “The Crucible” is about the Salem witch trials. Starting with several young girls claim to be afflicted by witchcraft and then accuse people in the town of witchcraft. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller shapes Parris’s character as a very selfish person, and everything he did was to keep his good reputation in the village and to get rid of anyone against him, which drives him mad.
This is why no one spoke up because of the fear that they would be charged with witchcraft and hang. Another example is, “Hitler gave the Gestapo complete control which meant individuals lost the right to privacy and officials could read people's mail, listen in on telephone conversations, and search private homes without a warrant.” (GCSE History). Since no one had any privacy they were scared to speak out things about Hitler in fear that they would be sent to death camp. Just like how in the crucible if they spoke out against the trails they would be charged with witchcraft and hung. Many people were killed in these two events and many of them were not guilty in any way.
“Maybe their tormentors were the usual suspects, people their family did not like or respect” (Schanzer 27). So many people wanted revenge on someone else that they would get people killed just because they disrespected them. It seems as though nobody was ever embittered about their actions. “Burroughs had escaped from every single Indian attack on the frontier without a scratch. Did Lewis believe he was an ally of the Indians?
In Arthur Miller’s historical fiction play The Crucible (1953), he created loyal and unloyal figures that either stay true to their beliefs or falter in order to save themselves. Multiple selfish characters such as Thomas Putnam, his wife, and Abigail Williams manipulate others for their own gain- with no regard to any loyalty toward those people they have known for years. In The Crucible, the town of Salem goes into a panic when people are accused of witchcraft, and long-term friends start turning on each other. Loyalty does not matter, because people are either trying to save themselves or get something from it by using other people. Many people disregard loyalty and allow self-interest to overcome their integrity.
Abigail was affected by his integrity, or his temporary lack of integrity. Proctor committed lechery with Abigail, and he never thought that it would be the cause for a group of girls to commit witchcraft, people dying, and people being jailed. “But I will cut off my hand before I'll ever reach for you again…,”(p. 1370) this quote demonstrates John Proctor’s integrity and guilt. Abigail is making advances on him and he turns
The judges knew that the witchcraft was a myth but didn’t do anything about it. Danforth and Hathorne often rejected logical facts and refused to head testimonies proving innocence because so many people were accused. After a while, it became clear to everyone in the town, including the judges, the accusations were false. These judges instead of revealing the truth they clung to their pride and ignored what was happening in front of them. If word got out that they sent several innocent people to their deaths their reputation would be ruined and they would be out of their jobs.
John Proctor fights strongly against his false accusations when he is accused of witchcraft. Proctor has a little issue with verbally saying that he is a witch because a verbal statement is between him and his God. But when Judge Danforth wants to post it on the church door, Proctor refuses to sign the document. The difference between verbally saying something as to putting it in writing is huge. By stating he is a witch, John Proctor feels that saying this lie verbally, he will view himself
John’s true friends and family have good respect for John and His good name so they let him make his own decision of not signing the paper’s. These witch trials in Salem Massachusetts show how just a little bit of lies and deception can change a town in just a few days. There were multiple conflicts between multiple people and everybody wanted a good reputation, John struggles to decide if his name is more important to him than his own life. In thought of that, the theme of respect and reputation is a big part in the life of anybody, John and the people of Salem have conflicts about this across all disciplines of their
I see no light of God in that man. I’ll not conceal it”(2.518-20). John is saying that he doesn’t like Reverend Parris, and he is the reason to not go to church. That takes courage,to be that honorable and to straight up tell someone important why you hate someone. John also risked his reputation, dissing a reverend to another reverend, which also takes some bravery.
When he is accused by a girl named Mary Warren, he does not confess. He instead shouts “God is dead!” He does this because he is sick of all the lies, and wonders that if here was a god, why he would let this happen. When given the option to confess to avoid all punishment, he stands his ground, and dies with his dignity. This shows how John is a crucible because he does not crack under the pressure of confessing to something he didn't do. He stands under the pressure, and stays together, and dies for the