Despite their deeply religious values, the members of the Puritan Society in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible are equally as sinful as the rest of the world. The Puritans, known for coming to God when given any matter at hand, lay blame on the Devil, regardless of their contradictory values. By putting blame on him for their wrongdoings, the Devil earns power by the Puritans resorting to involving him in a situation whenever any one thing goes wrong. Power is defined by one’s reputation, status, wealth, gender, and age.
The definitions are however not dependable because people have their own of fitting ideas and practices together which means that a person might see something as sorcery that is witchcraft to another (Steward 2004:1). The Zande people who were studied by Evans-Pritchard use ideas of witchcraft to explain misfortune that is difficult to explain in other ways. For example, a man who wanted to find out whether or not his ill wife would die and who was responsible for her sickness consulted the oracle Benge and a ritual is done where a question is asked and a sort of poison is fed to a chick and depending on whether or not it dies, it will answer the posed question. When a person has been identified as a witch the accuser asks them to cool their witchcraft by blowing on a chicken’s wing (Steward 2004: 2).
He is unfavourable of his name getting defamed in the town even when he has seen the girls and Tituba attempting to perform witchcraft: Later in the novel when he suggests a stop on the witch hunts to Danforth, he is afraid that if he reveals too much, he would himself get accused of being associated with the devil. Because he is respected solely for his strong belief in the religion he cannot afford to lose his reputation. John Proctor is a key character in the play whose reputation gets overshadowed by the extent of his internal conflicts. While he is a man of firm morals and beliefs, his extra-marital affair is the cause of the sin he has to carry upon himself.
By all accounts he doesn’t seem to be caring or loving, like one would be lead to believe by the title “Lover”. Instead we are imbued with a sense that the man is more like his former title of “Demon”. As with our last assertion, we get most of our information from young Kathleen. Her description of her fiance was something of a nightmare; Someone with “...intimidating looks…”, cold eyes, without feeling, and that she wished him gone (Bowen 1408). If this description is not enough, she also speaks of an ordeal that has to do with his physical behavior.
Literal Meaning and Fugitive Meaning: The poem is about a circle in hell which deals with ‘false shepherds’, meaning those who claim to aid and/or guide a group of people to ‘salvation’. This ‘salvation’ can be spiritual; as in the case with many cult members; or even members of various religions themselves Even in a more secular world, leaders of governments, politicians, even teachers can be ‘false shepherd’ who abuse their ‘flock’. However, their ultimate goal is not ‘salvation’ but it is some sort of benefit for themselves at the cost of their ‘flock’. They essential abuse their ‘flock’s’ trust and faith to achieve their own selfish goals and desires.
After being thrown in jail proctor finally realized that he was a terrible person and he even admits it. While talking to elizabeth he says “ I cannot mount the gibbet like a saint. It is a fraud. I am not that man.” (Miller 136)
Satan makes an impressive speech with a strong leader image. Here, some readers empathize with Satan and blame God for such cruelty. The important thing here is that Satan does not only influences his fallen angels, but also influences the actual reader to agree with him. Arguably, reader does not get this idea until meeting Satan in person. Reader is forced to question his own morals to decide which side here is actually the righteous one.
Guilt was shown in the story to represent how humanity works and how it's natural to get that guilty feeling after a wrongdoing. Obsession can also be the cause of many problems. For example, if that man from “Tell Tale Heart” was never obsessed with the eyeball, then he would have never killed the man. That goes for the man with his cat too in “The Black Cat.” Lastly, there was tons of acts of violence in the story that caused many conflicts throughout these stories.
Allusion is used on line 43 when Othello says “O devil” after distressing about the handkerchief. By using “o devil” to refer to the situation, it shows audiences how strongly and negatively Othello feels about it. This is done through the use of pathos because during Elizabethan times, most people took ideas relating to religion extremely seriously and exceedingly important to life. In those times, mentioning the devil was not something that people do casually. This meant that people in those times would only mention the devil in very serious negative situations and to convey very strong points.
The Puritans were by far the most prudish and pedantic society in existence. “Puritan’s tolerance to sins against the Christian doctrine was very miniscule if any” (Weldon, n.d). On an apparent notice, Hester’s punishment was lenient but a closer inspection shows that the mental and emotional trauma of her punishment was crueler than initial anticipation. The magistrates wanted her and her sin to exist within their society hoping that this would bring unfathomable guilt to the male perpetrator and ultimately lead to him being brought to justice. So in hindsight, her punishment was more or less altered by this secret she hid within
In the 11th century many people disapproved the acts the witches performed. During this time, once a civilian has found a witch, they would take them to be executed either by being tossed in
I think it is wrong to live with a lie, than die with the truth. The Salem witch trials of 1692 were filled with lies and truths. Because no one wanted to die they lied so they could live and not have a good name, than the ones telling the truth and dying for that truth. I agree with Increase Mather when he said “It would better that ten suspected witches may escape than one innocent person be condemned.” John Proctor said “Because it is my name!
Beginning with a group of teenage girls wanting to put the blame on others ending it escalating beyond control. They were accused to be witches so needed to shift the fingers from themselves to others. Therefore making it an endless cycle of pointing fingers that was not necessary but they had to bring someone down with them apparently. How could anyone prove their spirit was not torturing that person? Most people were actually innocent, I doubt they were truly delving into the devil 's work but the accused were no way able to prove innocence making most just admit to being witches, just to stop the persecution torture.
The emotion of caring was given little to none. They were used until they were seen as useless, as if they had expiring dates stamped on them. Various slave owners saw slavery as not only a beneficial empire, as well as, a religious factor of society. On the contrary, in today’s society slavery is morally wrong
The story of the Crucible itself tells of how reckless complete faith in God can be. While religion isn 't necessarily a bad thing, nor a characteristic shared by incorrect people, it can lead to inessential and unjust actions when taken into accord too strongly. Say the girls ' confession may have been true, and the sickened ones could have been truly ill from the touch of the Beelzebub. Where would it take society in the future? Although the one incident was riddled with truth and Satan was as real and as present as tax collectors, the world today would be filled with declarations of children being possessed by the Devil when they had nothing but the modern day stomach flu.