The crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is about the Salem witch trials and how people react to hysteria created from the fear of witches. In the play, after hysteria breaks out, the Salem government starts persecute and hang people it believes are witches. This prompts people to start to accusing people of witchcraft. Some people who accuse others of committing witchcraft are Abigail Williams and Thomas Putnam. They do not accuse people of witchcraft to stop witchcraft, but for personal gain or to hurt others.
Human Flaws in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Many of the characters in Arthur Miller's The Crucible have specific human flaws that cause the tragedy of the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem villagers exhibit failings, including greed, vengeance, and fear, which eventually lead to the downfall of their town. Many villagers, especially Abigail Williams, take advantage of the opportunity to seek vengeance on others through the trials. Greed for power and land often holds precedence when the hysteria takes over. Fear of being arrested or put to death is the key motivation in turning others in as witches.
The Puritans of Salem, Massachusetts in the late seventeenth century believed lies to be deadly sin. They were of the opinion that the smallest false-telling could turn a person from a path to Heaven to one straight into the arms of the Devil. However, during the Salem Witch Trials in the spring and summer of 1692; lies, deceit, and false accusations became common currency. The character of Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller’s 1952 play, The Crucible, illustrates this type of behavior. Abigail Williams’s lust for John Proctor and her desire for attention motivate her to falsely accuse innocent women of witchcraft, resulting in the regret and desperation she feels in regard to the choices she made, and subsequently her decision to run away from Salem to escape the pain she has caused for herself and for others.
The Crucible: Hysteria and Injustice Thesis Statement: The purpose is to educate and display to the reader the hysteria and injustice that can come from a group of people that thinks it's doing the "right" thing for society in relation to The Crucible by Arthur Miller. I. Introduction: The play is based on the real life witch hunts that occurred in the late 1600's in Salem, Massachusetts. It shows the people's fear of what they felt was the Devil's work and shows how a small group of powerful people wrongly accused and killed many people out of this fear and ignorance. Also important to the play is how Arthur Miller depicts how one selfish, evil person like Abigail Williams can bring others down and make others follow her to commit evil acts.
Like the Second Red Scare, Hale, and the witch trials as a whole, encouraged the naming of individuals in hopes to eliminate witches from society. Many people succumbed to the fear of punishment, and revealed the names of other innocent people in order to save their own life. As more names were given, Salem’s fear of witches had seemingly become a reality, and the trials became even more determined to do away with the menacing power. These false accusations not only ruined reputations, but it also allowed some people to seek personal vengeance upon another in a legal manner. In both The Crucible and the Second Red Scare, these accusations were encouraged, and although the majority of the names were
The girls lied and said that witches made them do it. In an extremely religeous society the influence of witches was immensely frightening and as the thought to identify witches arose, so did mass hysteria of the... ... middle of paper ... ...I feel more strongly that Author Miller has put a purpose in the text that by standing against a corrupt government at the suspence of everything to do the right thing is for readers to be influenced to always stand up for what they believe in despite any consequences. Through time it can be seen that the worls has a nature of repeating its history. We can learn a lot about reading Author Millers text the crucible as his own experience and setting of the troubling cold war has been reflected onto the characters of John Proctor and Giles Corey which give me a deeper understanding of them.
For example, “Elizabeth: John, you are not open with me.”(p:55). It shows Elizabeth’s lack trust in John. Elizabeth is one of the most important characters in the play, acting as John’s innocent wife, yet playing a much larger role. Reverend Hale is a supposed expert on witchcraft who is brought into Salem to try and save them from the devil. His opinion on witches changes over time after noticing the lies of Abigail and the other girls.
Analysis of The Crucible by Arthur Miller “ The Crucible” is a play that was written by Arthur Miller in the 1950s. The play was originally produced in 1953 at a time where McCarthyism was at its peak. This was a time of American paranoia when Americans believed that the Russians were planning start a war with them. The Americans accused members of the society of been a communist spy for the most trivial reasons. It was a situation of hysteria.
For instance, in the ongoing altercation between Mr. Putnam, Proctor and Giles Corey, one of them might benefit from accusing the others of witchcraft to finally settle the land disputes in his favor. The trials lay a perfect backdrop for gaining power to those who have never dealt with it before the trials. This unfortunate supply of power lands in the wrong hands as a result of the witch trials. And when power and jealousy mix, unfortunately those who hold the power use it in a myriad of hurtful ways.
After Betty and Ruth are struck sick and tired, many conclude that it is due to witchcraft. The notion of witchcraft being present in Salem causes paranoia and people become frightened. Searches are sent out to find these alleged witches and dispose them. The paranoia causes many people to be brought before the court in order for Salem to rid it of these evil witches. If they were found guilty, they were also jailed or killed.