The Ludicrous Actions In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it-- always.” This quote by Mahatma Gandhi reveals the theme of this amazing story, love prevails. Throughout this book, The Crucible, relationships are put into question, characters are questioned on their honesty, and the community as a whole is shown everyone's real morals. Arthur Miller, wrote this story to bring to light the ludicrous actions of this real life story, based on the witch trials in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1962-1963. This publication is centered around the betrayal and dishonesty of a group of teenage …show more content…

In the beginning of the book, Abigail Williams, Betty Parris, along with all of their closest friends, are shown gathered around a fire in the woods during the night, Tituba, a house slave for the town's Reverend, leads them in a witcherous ceremony. Just as Mercy Lewis strips, and begins to run nude, the Pastor walks out of a bush, witnessing the chaos before him. His daughter, Betty, immediately goes into a coma-like state of mind. As all of the town officials visit Betty in her room, secrets and accusations go flying. Tituba, along with each teenage girl, begins throwing out names left and right of who walks with the devil. Passing the blame on nearly forty people in the town, who dance with Lucifer. The accusations are taken to a court of law, where the expert witch hunter, Reverend Hale, along with three other judges, leads the meeting. Abigail Williams, the leader of the pact, accuses over 91 people, including Goody Proctor, the wife of John Proctor. John Proctor and Abigail Williams participated in an affair with one another. Abigail wishes death upon Elizabeth Proctor, for jealous reasons. After numerous more arrests, and more performance by these sick girls, every prisoner is pronounced guilty, and will hang, unless confessed …show more content…

There will be no unnatural cause here. Tell him I have sent for Reverend Hale of Beverly, and Mr. Hale will surely confirm that. Let him look to medicine and put out all thought of unnatural causes here. There will be none.” (Miller, 9.) Reverend Parris is the pastor throughout the town of Salem. Parris is very selfish, conceited, and cautious. The priest is very concerned with is reputation. If word gets around about the possession of his daughter and the state of health she is presently in, how would it affect him? He fears he will be shamed and accused of being an ungodly man. Parris is more concerned for his reputation than he is for the life and well being of his daughter. His wife is deceased, and it was said he never enjoyed the company of the young, which is a factor in his conceit. With a reverend who is so self interested, evil must be in the

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