Before a more in-depth examination of how The Crucible works to display some of the themes presented in Scupin 's book, it is best to gain a better understanding of the Puritan communities of Salam. In 1692, the Puritans lived in a highly restrictive community. Ironically, the Puritans left England in search of religious freedom, and, in turn, created a society that was centered around religious intolerance. At this time, the government and the Church were near...
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...ts through the work of the devil. This, in turn, would further the power of the Church as they worked to remove any heretics from the community, and solidify their control.
In total, The Crucible is not only a solid depiction of the power of the Puritan society, and how it was able to asserts its control, but it is also presents some of the major themes of witchcraft discussed in Scupin’s book. The film brings these ideas into the twenty-first century, and calls for the continuation of a discussion on persecution and ill effects of group think. The witch trials were in part due to the isolation of Salam, and its strict religious codes. The hysteria was furthered by the young girls need for power, where it was usually denied. The trials have left a lasting scar on the American people, and help us prevent such widespread hysteria from happening in the future.
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