Role Of Corruption In The Crucible

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In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible (1953), he shows the corruptness of the courts and their influence on the decisions of Abigail Williams. Abby was just a girl, she loved to pretend. She and the other girls of Salem loved it, they danced in the woods and pretended to be witches. That is until they were found by Reverend Parris, after which two girls pretended to be bewitched because they were afraid of the consequences. This is the beginning of the chaos that would consume Salem, ending in almost 20 innocents hung. Is it not a judge’s worst fear to condemn an innocent person? Shouldn’t the judicial process prevent the killing of the innocent? Can a crime based on superstition be fully and justly taken to court? When faced with a corrupt…show more content…
In act two, Mary Warren returns from Salem to a furious John Proctor, who had forbidden her to do so. She tells the Proctors that Goody Osburn will hang because Osburn had tried to kill her many times. Elizabeth asks how, and Mary replied, “whenever I turned her away empty, she mumbled” and a month ago after she had done just that, Mary Warren’s stomach hurt for two days (Miller 164). There is no evidence given or shown that directly link the two events.They may have occurred in the same period of time, but even birth and death happen at nearly the same time;a new baby born and an old man falling into a sleep he will not wake from. The judges seemed to just make one equal two without evidence to show why or how. Another case of unverifiable evidence was the supposed spirits Abby and the other girls saw. When Proctor took Mary into confess, the girls pretended to see Mary’s spirit as a bird on a beam. Mercy, one of the girls pointed at the supposed apparition and Danforth looked saying, “Where!” (Miller 191). It was not that Danforth could not see it, the spirit just did not exist. If a judge and honest men can not see it, and cannot be made to see it, then it probably did not happen. Danforth, after all, could not verify if the spirit was real. A good court would never even acknowledge evidence if it has no correlation to the case, or if the evidence had no way to find its validity, nor would…show more content…
She was 16, she had plenty of years to live and did not want to die. It was not her first choice to condemn others, it was forced by the corrupt justice system. A system that should have taken all those accused as innocent until they could be proven almost undeniably guilty. Judges should fear sentencing the wrong person. The justice system should be arranged to protect the innocent, and crimes charged in fear from one's beliefs cannot be justly tried in court. All should try not to judge and condemn others in one’s own eyes by how one looks, or the actions someone seems to have
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