First he accuses many people from the witchcraft, and when some people start to doubt about it, he arrest them. He almost solves this problem by letting John Proctor to confess his sins, but unfortunately he rejects it. Although the characters are concern about their reputation but it often
They both struck fear in the people due to the "guilty until you confess" attitude which ruled the courts. In Salem the only way to escape death was to confess and repent; in the McCarthy hearings if you were accused, whether guilty or not, you would always be viewed as a Communist. McCarthy also relates to Abigail in The Crucible, because they both made false accusations against innocent people. McCarthy accused people of being communists, whereas Abigail accused people of being witches (Angelfire.com). History does not generally repeat itself, be that as it may, it did for this situation.
He punished the citizens of Wallachia for the smallest crimes, by impalement. Women would be impaled for no reason, but were told they weren’t working hard enough. His unfair torture and killings led to constant fear and panic from the people. He would even put a golden chalice in the towns just to test people, to see if anyone would attempt to steal it so he could punish them, but no one dared, for they knew what awaited them if they even thought about it. No one would even talk bad about him, for fear of being executed.
As the Puritan society of Salem is so fixated and fearful of witchcraft, most individuals were gullible to almost all testimonies made. If the town were not fanatical about the witchcraft and focused on obvious truth, John Proctor may have lived to raise his children and live a prosper life but his personal integrity cost him his life. This leads on to character Giles Corey, who demonstrates true personal
Today, people are innocent until proven guilty. For the people accused it was hard to find evidence that proved their innocence so they remained guilty. Also, he did not allow a lawyer for the people that were accused of witchcraft. He expected them to be able to defend themselves when most of them did not
If someone “hangs for a witch he forfeit up his property” (Miller, 99) and then others would fight to get their property. In the Red Scare, those accused lost their jobs and their well earned respect. For example, Helen Keller’s reputation is practically spotless but once branded with communism, that went downhill. In the Crucible, Rebecca Nurse was accused of witchcraft, who was seen as the “mother” of Salem and had a pure reputation. This just shows that people blindly believed what they were told without really thinking about it.
As the hunt continued, accusations were aimed at higher classed people. This made people of the village question the accuracy of the accusations and it was harder to prove them guilty. Finally, in 1693, Governor Phipps dissolved the Court of Oyer and Terminer and all the trials were then moved into a higher court. This new court did not allow “spectral evidence” and, because most of the older cases were solely based on this, all the remaining “witches” were ruled innocent. This led to people of Salem soon realizing that they were wrong and that innocent people suffered.
The groupthink article states,“ Group members rationalize any resistance to the assumptions they have made no matter how strongly the evidence may contradict their basic assumptions, members behave so as to reinforce those assumptions continually.” Telling people they deserve to die is justifiable because the bible says, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death.” Physically harming and verbally harming other American’s is okay because of personal views. Slamming God is okay because there is no evidence he is real. Both heterosexuals and homosexuals justify horrific actions because of their believes and assumptions. Bringing down others because of a personal bubble, instead of keeping thoughts intact and considering where the other is coming from. America becomes divided, but they also
First of all, the girls, including us, will be damned for working and dealing with the devil. This alone will make the people of Salem have a grotesque view of us and we would almost never be able to redeem our previous image. If we are accused, we either have to say we are guilty and live with our reputation or we deny the charges and get hung for something we did not do. Also, you must ponder on the question, if truth not told, how will it affect your relationship with John Proctor? We know he is a man of God and would not put himself in a position of being with someone who deals with the devil, because he would not want to cross the line any more than he already has with you.
These laws allow people to legally discriminate and cover it with the excuse that it violates a person’s beliefs. People are trying to use their religion, something the nation has long grown out of as a reason to justify their poor treatment of others. Even though people are facing modern issues with an immature approach, abuse of the RFRA laws approach the point where it can be used to take away a person’s equality because he or she is too different from most people. Eventually, this will begin to violate the Constitution because it will put the people who constantly abuse the law above the people they use it against. If this law is used excessively, there is a high chance that the nation will return to its dark period of discrimination and will jeopardize people’s equality.