In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller portrays a character who has altered. Hale believes the spirit of the devil coming over people was real, and he later believes the accusations are false. He rather people lie and live, than tell the truth and die. He attempts to postpone the hangings with no benefit. In the end, he feels he is responsible for many people’s deaths and he is a character that was remorseful for what he had done.
In both pieces, the entire plot is based upon the Salem Witch Trials, connecting these together yet again. In both, it all starts with Betty Parris and Abigail becoming sick and then going insane. In I Walk in Dread, the Salem witch trials began when “ Mr. Parris returned from the lecture, their girls were suffering worse than ever. What’s more, Abigail’s and Betty’s eyes have been opened to the Invisible World. Now they can see what torments them: the figures of actual people coming to pinch and hit them”(79).
The Relations between the Salem Witch Trials and the Cold War In this paper I am going to talk about the relations between the Salem witch trials and the Cold War. Covering this with evidence and facts about the theme. I think that this is a fair comparison and is very interesting what they have in common. In 1953, the play called “The Crucible” written by Arthur Miller created hysteria in all parts of the country. This play describes the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 and the irony of a terrible period of American history.
People can be selfish, overdramatic, or even paranoid. Sadly in the case of The Crucible, all these feelings build up to the persecution of many people. These people were hurt and killed by hanging, being put in jail, and even in one case being pressed to death. Arthur Miller shows that Puritanism and Persecution do not mix well. He also shows how many innocent lives can be affected by hysteria; In the crucible, and in real life.
The pig's death also indicates a further weakening of the structure of civilization on the ... ... middle of paper ... ...irect result of the complete collapse in societal structure on the island, exemplifies the loss of reasoning and rational thinking. The fact that the boys hunt him with the intention to kill him and place his head on a stake is the final illustration of the evil that has overcome the island like a cloud of volcanic ash, eating away at humanity like acid. William Golding further enhances his theme by his portrayal of death and the crumbling structure of civilization on the island. The correlation between malevolence and complete social collapse is evident in the paired symbolic and literal uses of death and evil in the boys' isolated community; indeed, each of the deaths in the novel is instrumental in the author's depiction of inborn evil and effectively acts as a catalyst in the chain of events culminating in the complete destruction of society on the island.
It can be seen that this is true in many cases one such as the doubts and fears that plague is mind after he attains the crown. “ Upon my head they place a fruitless crown/ And put a barren sceptre in my gripe” (3.1.77-78) confirms his uneasiness about the first set of prophecies spoken by the witches. This imagined instability prompts him to further prompts him to commit unspeakable acts terror in order to protect what he believes to be rightfully his. This is the beginning of a slew of horrible events that ultimately lead to his untimely death at the hands of Macduff. Another change in his character is the overconfidence that fills his heart during his second audience with the witches.
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible utilizes a fictional account of the Salem Witch Trials to expose the mob mentality associated with the Red Scare of the 1950’s and the sometimes overzealous fight against communism in America. By references to the events that took place in the Witch Trials, the playwright successfully portrays society’s behavior at its tyrannical worst, exposing fraud, faulty logic, vindictiveness, zealotry, and evil (Brater). Arthur Miller creates a parallel between the societal events of mass in the 1600’s and those in the 1950’s. In both instances, leaders use the fear of the masses for their personal gain. Abigail, the lead character in the play, and Senator Joseph McCarthy are both able to generate a groundswell that takes on a life of its own and ruins the lives of others.
How does Arthur Miller make the disintegration of the Keller family compelling for the audience? The disintegration of the Keller family is clearly apparent from the beginning of the performance with all the lies and fabrication between Keller, Chris and Mother and all the secrets they are hiding from one another. The spuriousness of mother also plays a key role in the putrefaction of the Keller family and the quixotic views of Chris and his opinion of himself being morally pure, but he turns out to have a murderer for a father. Miller’s criticism of the stereotypical American family being materialistic and willing to do anything to make them money, even in Joe Keller’s situation with jeopardising his own son’s life by making malfunctioning aeroplane parts, which implies to the audience that Miller heavily criticises the American Dream, and how it makes humanity corrupt and very greedy Guilt and clandestine behaviour are major elements in the disintegration of the Keller family. Secrecy is defined in the opening stage directions with the Kellers house.
Moreover, he struggles with his moral standing on this issue because he is partly responsible for Abigail's vendetta against his wife. This guilt is best demonstrated when Proctor says at the end of the second act: ... ... middle of paper ... ... integrity are among the most important things. He also uses Proctor to demonstrate what an unjust system can do to an individual with good intents. The play is a parallel to the anti-Communist McCarthy era. Through John Proctor we see the ludicrous nature of mass hysteria that exists when society has gone awry.
The news the oracle delivers to Oedipus is catastrophic. He is told that he will ... ... middle of paper ... ...hooses to be ignorant to the truth rather than see reality is abundant. His choice to blame others for his wrongs and his arrogance make him responsible for his crimes. Sophocles’s tragic play Oedipus Tyrannus induces catharsis in the audience and rouses exciting debate revolving around the morality concerned with Oedipus’s crimes. It is often argued whether Oedipus is truly responsible for the loathsome crimes of patricide and incest.