The Salem witch trials were a time period in which there was mass chaos and very little reason. In, “The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller, there were an elect group of people that overcame this hysteria of the trials. Among the people of reason arose, Reverend Hale, who displayed both sides of the hysteria. Reverend Hale is a dynamic character as he transforms from a character following the strict law and causing the deaths of many, to a character that understands the ridiculousness of the trials.
In the play Rebecca Nurse was a babysitter of Mrs Putnam babies , when the babies would die of illness or other reasons that couldn't be treated , it was blamed on Rebecca Nurse . Rebecca Nurse given birth to many children with no problems . When Ann Putnam gave birth to her babies many dies , this caused envy to Rebecca Nurse which caused her to get arrested. Parris [trembling] Rebecca , Rebecca , go to her , we're lost . She suddenly cannot bear to hear the the Lord's ". (Pg 31). In the beginning of Act 1 Betty was laying down in bed supposedly sick, she can't get up and her dad Parris starts to lose hope . In the play Rebecca nurse is represented as a strong figure , she tries her best to help the ill people with only great intentions . Usually she was the one to go to help for . Proctor : (I mean it solemnly ) Rebecca : (I like not the smell of this "authority") Rebecca : No you cannot break charity with your minister . You are another kind kind John clasped his hand, make your peace (31) ". Proctor , Rebecca Nurse, and Parris are having a discussion , Parris tries to warn Proctor that there is a battle going on between the go...
...ely to bring only a puzzled smile to the next” (Miller 1). In the 1950’s the Witch hunt seemed unnatural and silly, but now-a-days, the Red Scare and hunting down communists seems silly and unnecessary. A parallel to the play is when Miller states in his article, “The more I read into the Salem panic, the more it touched off corresponding images of common experiences in the fifties” (Miller 4). It is also stated in the article that “naturally to turn away in fear of being identified with the condemned. As I learned from non-Jewish refugees, however, there was often a despairing pity mixed with ‘Well, they must have done something’” (Miller 4). This frightening time in American history when neighbors turned on neighbors was documented in the book. When Rebecca Nurse is charged and Elizabeth claims that is outrageous, Hale replies, “Women, it is possible” (Miller 64).
In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, his character, Rebecca Nurse, helps portray the theme of religion by dying a martyr of her faith and being the purest and saintliest character hung for witchery. When Rebecca was asked by Governor Danforth to confess to witchcraft she replied, “Why it is a lie, it is a lie; how may I damn myself? I cannot, I cannot.” (IV) Rebecca’s response to Governor Danforth displays her clear trust in her faith. Her reassurance is apparent in this statement because knows she just sentenced herself to death, but also sent herself to the Kingdom of Heaven. Rebecca’s confidence in her beliefs is noticeable when she says, “Let you fear nothing! Another judgment waits for us all.” (IV) This shows that Rebecca sees life and everything in life as temporary, and life after death as eternal. She knows she is making the right decision by telling the truth, and she is content with the consequences.
In his article, “Why I Wrote The Crucible,” Arthur Miller speaks of the 1950’s “which nobody seems to remember clearly”- a time of fearful insanity and unrest. Anyone could be accused. Showing excessive opposition ensured prosecution. Most shrunk back from disputing the McCarthy hearings for fear of their safety. Now, this period of panic is viewed as absurd. As Miller describes Hitler as being almost comical to his generation, the modern generation sees the Salem witch trials as foolish scuffles between ignorant people. The actual events were much different as perceived. Just as a feud with a neighbor seems trivial to those not involved but of intense frustration to the embroiled , the trials were not silly and insignificant. The trials were more about personal issues between rivals than witchcraft itself- the witchcraft was a weapon for Salemites to obtain revenge on their enemies. A tool Miller uses to show the reader this emotion is Rebecca Nurse, seventy-year-old grandmother, wife, and respected member of Salem society. Miller modifies her character in his play. Some facts remain true in the play, others are altered, and some have been neglected altogether. What did he change, and what did he regret to? Why did Miller take such liberties with Rebecca’s character in his play?
Rebecca comes off as a steady individual. She is friendly and sociable. She is able to be popular but often acts antisocial. In addition, once she "marks her territory" she begins to experience clingy behavior.
There are many examples of people in the town of Salem are blind to the fact of witchcraft. One of the main examples is when Rebecca Nurse is accused of being a witch. Her personality is a faithful and graceful person in the town. She is one of a few people who are like this. Those who are respected in the town are less disposed to these accusations. This causes arguments over the biased system. This causes arguments because the system is discriminating to the unqualified and lower-class people of the town. This leads them to be very
In the story The Crucible, accusations of witchcraft are flooding the town of Salem. In the opening scene of the story, Abigail Williams and Betty Parris are caught dancing around a fire in the woods, which was an action that was forbidden in the town. Betty then resides into a deep coma, where she is sleeps for multiple days at a time and witchcraft soon becomes the talk of the town. As Betty wakes she begins trying to fly out of her window and she is refusing the Lord’s name. Reverend Hale is then called into the town to try and cure the witchcraft that is quickly beginning to spread through the town. As Reverend Hale arrives in the town, Tituba, Abigail Williams and many other begin to confess of being in cohorts with the devil. As the
Concerned citizens of Salem, if it were a good mornin' I would bid you that, however it is not. This mornin' a grave injustice is looming like the grey clouds before a storm. This morning we will bear witness to yet another brutal and senseless murder of two innocent Christians, Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor. Ladies and gentlemen, for four long months the very court that proposed to protect us from all evil has deceived us and in fact perpetuated the evil doings running rife throughout our fair town. For four long months a prodigious fear has settled itself in our very hearts, a fear of the unknown and a fear of becoming one of the accused. My friends, it must be clear to any truly Christian society that the devil be not among us in the form of witchery or wizardry, but in the manifestation of vengeance! I implore you to take a stand, to band together and to put a stop to this madness before it completely takes hold of Salem and you too are on trial for witchcraft!
by the whole town who all want him to claim it was witchcraft that has been brewing. He is pressured by the people of Salem to claim that witchcraft is present. In the beginning of Hale’s investigation he firmly believed Abigail and the girls. But soon, as accusations begin to fly high and John Proctor reveals to him that Abigail told him the girl’s sickness was not from witchcraft, Reverand Hale begins to develop suspicion. It soon becomes very evident to Reverend Hale that Abigail’s accusations are a complete fabrication. As more and more innocent people are being accused and killed for witchcraft reverend hale is starting to show signs of guilt. He soon becomes very vocal about Abigail’s lies and begins to denounce the court proceedings,