The Crucible is a story about a false accusation of civilians committing witchcraft which ends up creating massive hysteria due to the trials having a misled judge. Reverend Hale is the main priest of Salem which is the setting of the The Crucible. Judge Danforth is hired to inspect the accused individuals. Early in the story it is known he actually believed these individuals were guilty due to his biased speaking when talking to the Proctor family, “Do you know your Commandments Elizabeth?...And you, Mister?”. After Reverend Hale does his damage, he starts to see what he has truly done, that he has been blindly working for evil.
Abigail’s whole purpose for the witch trials was to have Elizabeth convicted and killed so she coul... ... middle of paper ... ...e confession is a true religious and personal stand. This protest not only redeems John Proctor, but also leads him and six other condemned prisoners to the gallows, to die with dignity. John Proctor, like every creature, is imperfect and struggles internally with the guilt of an affair, the love of his wife, and his reputation in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Even though Proctor was a Christian and loved his wife, he committed an adulterous act, but felt genuinely guilty thus illustrating Miller’s resistance to creating a wholly good or wholly evil character. He was a man who made a mistake, a mistake that influenced Salem’s witch trials and resulted in numerous murders and imprisonments.
The church does this to everyone in their everyday lives. Its their job to bring people into the faith and people who have strayed back into the faith. “God is love, and he who abides in love, abides in God and God in Him.” God loves everyone of us, he created us in his own image. God always forgives us for our sins, even if the sin may hurt our relationship with him. If we truly are sorry and repent then he will forgive us.
The Scarlet Letter - Inevitable Results of Sin There are many ways to interpret literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne is considered a very influential writer of the American Transcendentalist era; his writing deals a lot with the Puritan times, including his famous novel, The Scarlet Letter. The Scarlet Letter deals with the adulterous sin of Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, the vengeance of Roger Chillingsworth, and the townspeople's attitude towards Hester and her daughter Pearl. Sin can be categorized many ways, but most importantly, one should remember that bad things always develop from sin. The fact that Hester and the minister sinned led to the townspeople looking down on Hester and Pearl, while Reverend Dimmesdale concealed his crime of passion making Hester's scarlet letter 'A' the central symbol of the novel.
Through the character Abigail Williams, he shows how people are willing to abandon their firmly-established values in order to conform with the majority and protect themselves. Those who refuse to part with their conscience, such as the character of John Proctor, are chastised for it. For this reason, the Salem witch trials raise a question of the administration of justice. During this time in the late 1600’s, people were peroccupied by a fear of the devil, due to their severe Puritan belief system. Nineteen innocent people are hanged on the signature of Deputy Governor Danforth, who has the authority to try, convict, and execute anyone he deems appropriate.
The people of Salem believed in the devil and thought that witchcraft should be hunted out. The play can be seen as a general statement on the effects that fear and fanaticism can have on human beings and how one person can cause such catastrophe. It is a purely a controversial play, so why write a play knowing the danger you were putting yourself in? Arthur Miller wrote the play because he was accused of being a communist; Miller attended meetings between communist writers. He was fined and given a suspended prison sentence.
It is common for people to react harshly after committing murderous crimes. In other pieces of literature, authors often show main characters losing their minds after committing heinous deeds. For example, the main character in Edgar Allan Poe’s A Telltale Heart, is driven mad by the supposed beating heart of the old man he murdered. Poe makes it clear that the man is most definitely dead, and the beating of his heart is heard by only the main character. This is similar to Banquo’s ghost, as it is only visible to Macbeth.
The town of Salem sucked into the vacuum of conspiracy, accusations, innuendo and the horrifying fact that maybe Lucifer has come to make a house call. They say that truth is stranger than fiction and if this story wasn’t a dark shadow on our nation’s history it would make for a great novel. But if it was the truth and for those who where there, a horrible reality. This community so caught up in the possibility that witchcraft existed, they completely lost their senses. The following is a breakdown of all the legal issues that by today’s standards where not followed.
Legally, the idea of accusing witches disappeared worldwide because there is not enough factual evidence to prove that someone is a witch in a courtroom. Many of the people executed during the witch hunt names were reversed in the eyes of the church in light of this idea (Document 94). The belief in witchcraft and witches still continued, and in 1787 a woman was killed for suspected witchcraft in Philadelphia (Godbeer 30). In Document 95 John Hale discusses the idea of witchcraft and how it is discussed int he bible. He states, “This of witchcraft is one of the most difficult to be searched out by the sons of men, as appeareth by great endeavors of learned and holy men to search it out”.
In The Minister’s Black Veil, Mr.Hooper just entered the room with a black veil covering his face. ‘ “Our parson has gone mad!” cried Goodman Gray, following the across a threshold.” (Hawthorne 2) This man is judging Mr.Hooper based his appearance. Somehow his personality has changed and he is no longer the same Mr. Hooper in the eyes of his followers. Instead of addressing their own secret sins, they focus on discovering what Mr.Hooper’s is and why he wears the mask. These townspeople