In Arthur Miller's Play The Crucible, the author depicts the lies and anger that causes people to accuse each other of a deadly crime. The people of Salem not only believe in witchcraft but base their lives around it. This forces people to admit to being a witch or be hanged. In the end scene before his death, John Proctor rips up the paper that can come between him and death. This was a believable act the was both extremely noble and honorable.
The Salem Witch Trails is about the infamous witch trials that swept through the Salem Village of Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692. In this book, Stuart A. Kallen, wrote about how these witch trials began, what happened during them, and how all of this madness finally came to an end. Kallen also wrote about how the town of Salem went from being a rather peaceful Puritan establishment to being a town obsessed with hunting supposed witches. Today, the thought of witchcraft sounds outrageous, but it was actually rather common in the seventeenth century. Two young girls that accused people of witchcraft began this era of hysteria.
This temptation is often ignored or denied in an attempt to not fall into it. Goodman Brown’s “prolonged resistance is a denial of the wishes that are the source of his projections” (Levy 4). After seeing all the people falling into sin before him, Brown finds difficulty not to. Humanity struggles with this everyday. Humans will have a person or people highly regarded, but when the person or those people fail, they will lose the faith in humanity and give up by falling into the temptation.
I beg you, woman, prevail upon your husband to confess. Let him give his lie. Quail not before God’s judgement in this, for it may well be God damns a liar less than he that throws his life away for pride. Will you plead with him? I cannot think he will listen to another.” Reverend Hale pleads with Goody Proctor “ Let him give his lie.” Hale no longer believes in the witch trials.
The most acknowledgeable dispute from the play was between the Putnam’s and the Nurse’s. Rebecca Nurse was blamed for the death of all of Ann Putnam’s children, except for one. The events also caused numerous people to be convicted of witchcraft, some of them being executed. Two of the most notable people convicted in the play were John Procter, condemned for adultery and later hung, and Tituba, who confessed, saving her own life.
Gandhi once said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” In The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, when characters are faced with differences between one another, they tend to show what they want the world to see instead of their true beliefs. Reverend Hale fights a battle between what he has been studying his whole life against what he feels is truly right. In the end he completely undergoes an important inner change, he sees the false accusations in the witch trials and changes from believing completely in witchcraft, to protecting the innocent and doing anything in his power to save their
The Crucible The Crucible written by Arthur Miller is a book/play that explains the witch trials that happened in Salem Massachusetts. Because we need a good reputation to have a good self- esteem, John Proctor struggles to decide what is the most important to him, life or reputation. In this book John has a conflict with himself on whether his life or his reputation is more important. In the book Proctor says “You are the high court, your word is good enough! Tell them I confessed myself; say Proctor broke his knees and wept like a woman; say what you will, but my name cannot”.
Consider the way that reputation is so important to so many characters in Salem, which is a place where even the most innocuous action or word is enough to crush somebody's reputation. And if either of these characters have a bad reputation then people will know not to trust the ones that have a bad reputation on the line. You can only trust the ones who have good reputations but John Proctor on the other hand he represented why he would not take the document he has good reasons to observe why he didn't want his name to be out
The Salem witch trials are remembered as one of the most disgraceful acts a village has ever committed. One of the main causes of these events are the bibliocentric views of the community at that time. People often called witch on their neighbors to get more land, or cried witch at someone they simply didn’t like. There were 19 hangings during the Salem Witch Trials and one of the main reasons for this was Reverend Parris. At the start of The Crucible, By Arthur Miller, you see that one of the central causes of the witch trials was because he was more concerned with his own reputation than the lives of others.
While talking to Macbeth on the realness of the prophecies he says, “But ’tis strange. / And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, / The instruments of darkness tell us truths, / Win us with honest trifles, to betray ’s / In deepest consequence.” Banquo believes that the witches are trying to trick both of them into their own destruction and he is absolutely correct. For all he knows, these “witches” could be anyone. Banquo doesn’t trust the witches but goes along with what Macbeth says. After seeing Macbeth takes the place as Thane of Cawdor, his thoughts about the situation had changed.
In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller many characters turn on each other accusing them of witchcraft. Many people are getting hung by these false accusations, and the town is chaotic due to this. In the play The Crucible, Arthur Miller shows that characters are motivated and will stop at nothing to get what they want. Miller shows this through the accusations made by Thomas Putnam, Judge Danforth, and Mary Warren. In The Crucible Thomas Putnam’s main motivations are greed and selfishness.