Good Versus Evil in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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"He states that you coldly prompted your daughter to cry witchery upon George Jacobs that is now in jail" (96). In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, people would do anything to get what they want. In the town of Salem good vs. evil plays a big role. The people of Salem are constantly debating about who is telling the truth and who is lying. People are also judged based on their religious views. Even though they had a lack of evidence, the town of Salem mislabeled people as good or evil.
Rebecca Nurse was a good person at heart. Her image changed when she was accused of witchcraft and people started to consider her as an evil person. "As for Rebecca herself, the general opinion of her character was so high that to explain how anyone dared cry her out for a witch- and more, how adults could bring themselves to lay hands on her" (26). It proves that everyone thought Rebecca was a good and helpful person. Even though people knew she had a kind heart, they believed the accuser. This is obviously not right because you shouldn't believe everything that's said about a person, especially, if there's no evidence to prove it. Parris sent Mercy to get a doctor for Abigail because she was sick. The narrator said, "Thomas Putnam's little daughter was the one who fell into a fit at the hearing and pointed to Rebecca as her attacker. To top it all, Mrs. Putnam accused Rebecca's spirit of 'tempting her to iniquity,' a charge that had more truth in in that Mrs.Putnam could know" (26). This shows that Rebecca was an easy scapegoat. They can easily accuse her for something that she didn't do. Mrs. Putnam saw that her daughter accused her, so she decided to accuse her too. It shows that they were just naming people, so that their story ...

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...r. Abigail first accused Tituba of witchcraft. Abigail says, "She sends her spirit on me in church; she makes me laugh at prayer!" (44). She also said, "She comes to me every night to go and drink blood" (44). Abigail had to make up a story in order for people to believe her. She saw Tituba as a scapegoat and she was a slave. Once people started to believe her, she started to accuse more and more people. On the other hand, we know that she's lying and the people that are accused are innocent. People also believed Abigail because she was Reverend Pariss's niece.
Good vs. evil is a very important theme in The Crucible. The innocent were being accused and the evil people were being the ones trusted. Many people were accused and killed. It got to a point where there were barely any people left in the town. The court should've never killed the people without evidence.
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