The Crucible Corruption Analysis

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The primary purpose of a government should be to protect and serve its people, right? Not always. Consider this; what if the governments top priority is really itself? In Arthur Millers The Crucible, their government becomes selfish and exhibits corruption, argues evidence, and is unfair to its people. Governments tend to move away from the best interest of the people and only serve the agendas of a few to preserve their own reputation. One example of government only looking to preserve its reputation is exhibited in Act I when Parris attempts to save face. Reverend Parris is the minister of Salem's church and has been for a short time. The church is the central body of authority in this community along with the court. One night, Parris comes…show more content…
The hangings have begun and chaos has fallen upon Salem. The cows roam the streets and farms are left abandoned. Danforth remains intent on seeing each hanging carried out and refuses to change his stance. Even Parris has realized what is happening and begins to come to his senses. Parris pleads with Danforth, "Excellency, I would postpone these hangin’s for a time" (IV.200-201). But Danforth refuses and states "There will be no postponement" (IV.202). Danforth refuses to listen to the people, he will not even consider what they have to say. He begins to defend himself, "Now hear me, and beguile yourselves no more. I will not receive a single plea for pardon or postponement. Them that will not confess will hang. Twelve are already executed..." (IV.252-255). Danforth tells the people to stop the requests for pardon and postponement because he refuses to listen to them. Danforth is beginning to ponder the decisions he has made and whether or not they were the right ones. Whether he believes he did the right thing or not, he refuses to postpone the hangings in an attempt to show his confidence while also saving his reputation and without having to swallow his pride. Danforth is selfish and unwilling to reason. As a main figure of the government he embodies the selfishness and unfairness of the…show more content…
Instead of focusing on the betterment of the people, governments put emphasis on their own reputation and what is in their best interest. So, does a government benefit or damage the lives of human beings? The question has to be asked; Is a government truly for the people or for
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