How Does Arthur Miller Use Religion In The Crucible

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In The Crucible by Arthur Miller the power of the towns government and religion are the backbone of the story, the case of the witch trials. In the book, the main character, Abigail, blames numerous girls for witchcraft. "I'll lead them in a psalm,but let you say nothing of witchcraft yet" (Miller 17). She does this out of spite due to jealousy over goody Proctor. In their town, based on their religion, witchcraft is serious, devilish ritual and forbidden. It is against god and being look at as being possessed by the devil to possess and act upon others cruelly. During the time, The Crucible by Arthur Miller was published, the Red Scare was coming to an end. It was a case of communism within the government of the time that reflected upon Miller's book. The government of the town was ran by the judge, one person, who had everyone talking in his ear. However, only the people of his board he believed and took pride in their word. …show more content…

During the time period religion was still a key factor in people's lives. Either you believed in God or a higher figure or you didn't mention religion. Also during thei time governments were being established. This was a time of war as well, that expressed creativity and inspiration within from authors. In a short story "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allen Poe composes a story of deep thinking and meanings behind his thought process. Here he reflects upon his childhood of a cat and the story drastically changes to where he kills this cat. The inspiration of his cat leads to mental unsteadiness to where he kills his wife in the end. "Sat, the hideous beast whose craft had seduced me into murder" (Poe 14). The power of government establishes the laws. Therefore he had broken them when commuting murder to his cat for animal abuse, and first degree murder for his wife. Also the power of religion inspired this because the man broke majority of the Ten

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