This goes for Judge Danforth, too. He worries more about his reputation as a judge that he is willing to hang innocent people in the community. For example, when John Proctor confesses his affair with Abigail and how she hopes to take Elizabeth’s place, Danforth purposely chooses not to believe Proctor. He, even, says, “She [Elizabeth] spoke nothing of lechery, and this man has lied,” (Miller 114) without holding further investigation of the confession! Danforth believes Abigail and the girls because he does not want to publically admit he was deceived by them, for it will harm his reputation.
This part of the play Miller uses rhetorical questions to emphasize the seriousness of this scene as to who is telling the truth and who is not. The character Danforth is prompting Proctor to not try to be a lawyer in these cases of witchcraft due to the fact that witchcraft is a serious accusation that only the victim and the witch herself can come forward to on the matter according to Danforth. Before Danforth speaks Proctor says that he is not indeed trying to be a lawyer to these cases in which Danforth explains in his line that by bringing witnesses he is indeed trying to be a lawyer to the cases. Danforth then at the end of his line asks if he has made his point emphasizing that he knows what he has said was true and he feels strongly
Good afternoon teachers and fellow peers, In order to achieve their own personal and communal ambitions, figures in society manipulate and persuade people through events and situations to conform to their own political agenda. In the 1955 prescribed text, “The Crucible,” playwright Arthur Miller establishes the exploitative behaviour of characters through dramatised staging features. Similarly in the 1964 related text, “The Times They are A-Changin’,” Bob Dylan insights individual ambitions through musical and poetic devices. The shared ideas of the modernist era such as the significance of religion and political hegemony are investigated by both composers in their perspective texts.
The crucible, based during the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials of 1692. A constant theme through out the play is your personal reputation, maintaining a good name. Judge Danforth a well respected man in the society that has the supreme rule over the court. He is known for making the right decisions and never going against them. Innocent and guilty people have been put to death underneath his Judgement, to him this demonstrates his superiority and power.
Ignorance is a trait that plagues the world today. Whether intended or not, every person has some form of ignorance on a subject. In today’s society, we are sometimes required to make decisions on subjects that we have ignorance on. John Proctor’s fate and Miller’s idea of society and a tragic hero are used to demonstrate the dangers of false knowledge to convey that decisions made from ignorance lead to corruption and manipulation.
The Trials and Testimonies of John Proctor The Crucible by Arthur Miller is set in the spring and fall of 1692 in a small, Puritan town in Salem, Massachusetts. The times are often desperate with people wondering if they can trust their neighbors that they have known all of their life, people who have been settled in the town since it first cropped into existence. Fear races through the villages like the whispers of the wind that stir the hanging bodies on the village greens. The Salem Witch Trials are occurring and no man, woman, or child is safe lest they follow the rules of the theocracy set about by the church and government.
n 1953 is when “The Crucible” was published by Arthur Miller, people still believed in witch’s and the powers of witchcraft. Abigail beliefs was so strong that she and a group of others went into the woods and danced around a cauldron. Little did she know that the power of witchcraft was not what she though they would be. “Now sit you down and take counsel with yourself, or you will be set in the jail until you decide to answer all question… this is a court of law… I’ll have no effrontery here!” - Danforth.
Fullmer 1 Undoubtedly children in The Crucible have a very defining aspect of one of the major themes in the novel, innocence vs guilt. In Salem, everything and anything either belongs to God or the Devil and who is more innocent in the eyes of God than a child? Childlike behavior is associated with innocence and this apparent innocence is what kept many of the children in Salem protected during the witch trials. The symbolism of innocence relating to the children, the voice that children are given in The Crucible compared to the other people who lack the ability to defend themselves because they are considered to be less credible, and why children are represented the way they are and how their representation contrasts other characters in the novel are all important elements to the novel as a whole.
The growth of hysteria in America exemplifies people’s tendency to abuse newly-gained power and is supported by Americans’ intolerance of unpopular ideologies. During times of hysteria, one often show his or her true natures. Therefore, human nature can be most easily observed in such times. During times of hysteria, people exploited fear among the public to gain more power, which they abused.
Integrity’s Role in The Crucible and in Today’s Society Interpreted literally, a crucible simply refers to a large caldron, in which metals are melted down. But symbolically, a crucible can be considered a test of one’s moral righteousness, whether one softens when things get hot or chooses to stand firm. Integrity, or the lack thereof, plays a huge role in both The Crucible and in today’s world; displaying the characteristic of integrity is important in the play, and it is important in the present. John Proctor sacrifices himself in order to spread the truth. After tearing his confession to shreds, he states, “You have made your magic now, for now I do think I see a shred of good in John Proctor.
Gilliana Loyola Mr. Downey Academy B 13 October, 2016 Living a Lie Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is about the people of 17th century Salem, Massachusetts during a dangerous and dynamic period. The people of Salem were Puritans and very religious so they associated witchcraft and anything impure or evil with the Devil. When the witch hysteria, which was initially caused by girls falsely accusing others, got out-of-hand, the residents of Salem conformed to the hysteria out of fear because those who were accused were intimated certainty to death. However, the accused had a chance to save themselves by confessing to a crime they did not commit. Many took advantage of the opportunity for self-preservation because it is a human instinct,
Power is when the fate of events and/or individuals are in the control of one person or group. Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible reflects the many different sides of power, the power over self, the power over others, and the power over all. Miller’s play takes place in one of America’s most frightening times, the Salem Witch Trials, where a Puritan community went on a mad witch hunt through their town. Many innocent people were accused, and once accused, they could either deny and hang or confess to witchcraft and accuse others. One of Miller’s most powerful individuals is his antagonist Abigail.
In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible (1953), he shows the corruptness of the courts and their influence on the decisions of Abigail Williams. Abby was just a girl, she loved to pretend. She and the other girls of Salem loved it, they danced in the woods and pretended to be witches. That is until they were found by Reverend Parris, after which two girls pretended to be bewitched because they were afraid of the consequences. This is the beginning of the chaos that would consume Salem, ending in almost 20 innocents hung.
In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the setting is Salem, Massachusetts, where witch trials are rampant. In Salem, almost anyone is seen as a target who could be accused of practicing witchcraft. One of the town-members during the witch trials, John Proctor, is constantly buried under the guilt he carries for committing adultery, and being dishonest towards his wife. His wife, Elizabeth, begins the play as a stereotypical Puritan, and she in known for her inability to lie. The relationship between John and his wife, Elizabeth, is minimal and astringent.