Arthur Miller, ‘The Crucible’ is a play based upon the events of
Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The story is about a religiously
motivated town. The story is about a group of girls’ who are led by
Abigail, who blamed witchcraft for their troubles. Being a strict
Christian society the people of Salem believed in the girl’s stories.
In conclusion this led into 20 people being falsely accused, and hung.
The girl’s stories were easy to believe because of many reasons. Salem
town was filled in a Puritanism belief. Everything they did was for
God; they were doing God’s work. With this they believed that the
bible was the ultimate answer to any question. When something went
wrong they would automatically look into the bible and the teachings
of God and anything it said they would abbey to it.
John Proctor is accused of being a witch when he forgets his 10
commandments. He forgets to mention about not committing adultery.
Proctor replies to this by saying, “I think it may be a small fault”,
with Hale replying, “Theology, sir, is a fortress; no crack in a
fortress may be accounted small”. Because they lived in a society that
was strict and suspicious about everything because they were paranoid
with fear. Hale suggests that because has forgot to mention adultery
that Proctor doesn’t see it as a problem and will commit adultery.
The people of Salem would swiftly blame the devil as when something
bad or evil would happen. Towards the beginning of Act One we see this
when Betty falls sick and Mrs Putnam says, “I’d not call it sick; the
Devil’s touch is heavier than sick”, this shows us what a strongly
religious society Salem was at this time. This makes the ...
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...he liked her power. She likes to be in control.
The society has a strong pride. With the people of Salem not
confessing to the witchcraft. Because they didn’t admit they assumed
that they did do the witchcraft, so the girl’s stories were easy to
believe even more so.
In conclusion the girl’s stories were easy to be believed because the
society of Salem was an extremely religious. They were paranoid with
fear, which made them venerable to small things: causing superstition.
Another reason why the girl’s stories were easy to believe was because
people wanted to believe them so they could end old grudges and claim
People were scared to question the Bible because they would be accused
of doing the Devil’s work and then hung. The Religious views about
Christianity were taken too literally and as a punishment over 20
people were hung because of it.
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