To begin with, the Salem witch trials had a negative impact to the people, Judges, and the people of the Church. Such people like Mary or Paris, lied and betrayed people to get what they want in which caused people to hate them, also, couple of people died, loved ones, friends, and families. According to Mary “No, I love God’; I go your way no more. I love God, I bless God” (Miller 1152). After the trial,the judges accused John Proctor of forcing Mary to evoke the Judges, furthermore, no one but Elizabeth and Hale tried to stop the hanging.
“He have his goodness now. God forbid i take it from him!” (63), schrieks Elizabeth Proctor as she watches her husband get executed right in front of her. Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, tells a story about the Puritan civilization taking place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, becoming corrupted by the lies of witchcraft. Some in the town believe this witch hunt is made-up, not believing in the accusations handed to them. Other people however are using this witch hunt to eliminate anyone of their choice, without being severely punished.
Salem, Massachusetts, 1692. A village of the Puritans where religion ran every aspect of society, also the place where the historic Salem Witch Trials occurred. The Salem Witch Trials were a mass hysteria where the villagers wildly accused their neighbors of conspiring with the Devil and casting spells to ruin daily life. The Crucible was written by Arthur Miller because of his personal experience. Earlier in his life, Miller was being trialed by a court for being a communist put through his own personal crucible about his beliefs which inspired him to write this play.
The Crucible Reading Logs 1: Thomas Putnam, a landowner in Salem, contributed greatly to the trials. Putnam was one of the first characters to blame witchcraft for his own daughter's sickness, along with the minister's daughter, Betty Parris. Furthermore, Putnam was quick to believe that “hurtful, vengeful, spirits” (Miller, 15) were laying hand on the children. In addition he feels as though there is a “murdering witch” (16) among them. Consequently, in Salem if someone is “hung for a witch” (96) then they must “forfeit their property” (96) which is “the law” (96).
When Hale entered the story he believed that he was going to be the savior of the town ridding them of witches. When Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor were arrested Reverend Hale was deeply shaken with his beliefs. Hale near the end of the story he tells Elizabeth that you should not have religion when it brings you harm but you should keep faith in God. Reverend Hale near ending of The Crucible is the complete opposite of the Reverend Hale that first entered the story, because he came in believing he was the authority on how to find witches, then he was shaken by arrest of Rebecca and John, and finally by him telling others to throw away religion when it brings harm to
Equally important, Abigail told Proctor that his wife Elizabeth, who knows about their affair “is blackening my name in the village! She telling lies about me!”(Miller 24) , but Proctor finished the conversation with a “do you look for whippin’?”(Miller 24). This event doesn’t seem like much but it’s when at the end of act 1 the girls began to confess that they were doing witchcraft and declare that other people in the village were witches as well, and Proctor knows what really happened in the woods. Moreover, in act 2, John Proctor and his wife Elizabeth have a conversation about the nonsense of the girls accusing people of witchcraft, and she told him to go to court and tell them what he knew, but he only answered with an “I’ll think on it”(Miller 53) because of lack of
Instead of accusing all of the innocent people of witchcraft, Proctor simply gives the explanation that the girls are lying to save their lives. After this, Proctor goes to court to testify his beliefs. In court, Proctor continues to argue with Hale and provides evidence that Abigail is guilty. “Is the accuser always holy now?… This warrant’s vengeance!” (Miller 77). Proctor shows that just because Abigail is the accuser, doesn’t mean she is innocent and that she is lying so she can gain revenge.
When in the course of human events, man punishes innocent people based on misleading allegations, the line between justice and revenge needs to be assessed. One such event is the Salem witch trials in 1692. Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” portrays chaos created off of false indictments from the town’s young girls. After being accused of associating with the Devil and performing witchery, the young girls plot to confess that they had indeed been affiliated with the Devil, but now wish to do God’s work. In claiming to do so, they accuse several people in the town who they have grudges against in an attempt to mask their reprisal as justice.
All this behavior would lead to what became known as the Salem witch trials.The Salem witch trials took place because of people practicing witchcraft and they were not witches.This resulted in the imprisonment /execution of more than 200 people. Centuries ago many Christians and those who practiced other religions believed that the Devil gave certain people known as witches power to bring harm to other people in exchange for their loyalty to him. From 1300 to the end of 1600 raged in Europe. Practicing witches were mainly women
At the beginning of the play, John hale came to salem with his mind set on finding witchcraft and seeing if the devil took over Salem or not. Later on in the play, he finally realized what was really going on in Salem and the truth in both the court and people. An example of this would be the beginning of Act four, when John Hale quite the court due to the fact of him realizing all the lies and all the people who got hung for nothing. A few scenes after this, he comes back to Salem to try and save John from getting hung, to do this he tries to get him to confess of witchcraft to not only save his own life but to also save his wife's life. “The Crucible” was full of many lies and denial, but throughout the play there were patches of truth.
However, no one actually knows the truth of what happened in the village of Salem during the trials except for the people who were actually involved. The Salem Witch Trials were such a terrible moment in history for the people of Salem, Massachusetts they eventually decided to rename the area to Danvers in hopes to forget what all occurred in that small village. In the end, the Salem Witch Trials could be considered a very lurid moment of history due to the fact that the villagers in that town went so far into their religious beliefs that they actually went along with the idea that the people they grew up with, the people they married, and even their families were involved in
Mary Warren has to explain what the whole spiel with the coma and dancing in the woods was about. John Proctor was the connection between that for when he forced Mary to promise on her life that the dancing was the practice of witchery and to explain it in front of the court. Throughout the story John has hell thrown at him in all directions, but somehow he stays just the brink of insanity only going above that line when Abigail lost in court. John did have an affair with Abigail which he soon confessed about in court. Abigail was trying to get John wife hung at the gallows for witchery and it was a false accusation.
The girls “twitched, cried, made odd noises, and huddled in corners” and soon started making accusations about who had bewitched them. One of the first accused was Samuel Parris’ own slave, Tituba. It was unheard of for a Reverend to have witchcraft practiced under his own roof, and Parris could not afford to lose his reputation. Samuel stood by his children in court as they testified against the accused, and he even helped them by testifying against Rebecca Nurse. People thought for certain that if the Reverend was standing with the girls against the so called “evil witches” that there must be a real problem.
In The Crucible Thomas Putnam’s main motivations are greed and selfishness. He shows this throughout the book, by accusing people of witchcraft. Thomas Putnam’s brother in law was prevented from being elected the office of minister. “Thomas Putnam felt that his own name and honor of his family had been smirched by the village, and he meant to right matters however he could” (Miller1221). To right his name and honor from being smirched he accused many
John Proctor denied to forget his sincerity in acknowledging his denial to deliver his life. Although he is sentenced to death and dies, he still sticks up for a trial of character, and succeeds. This piece of writing also works in an theocracy. Sworn in the name of God, both men and women, were charged and condemned of rehearsing witchcraft. In our civilization, people are not put on trial for similar conditions, but Puritans considered that witchcraft was an immorality opposing God and condemned by death.