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the crucible by Arthur Miller, the leaders of Salem, believe that
the way that they are dealing with people of strange happenings is
right and just but is actually wrong and unjust.
Justice can be defined as the right and moral decision and general
beliefs. Injustice can be defined as unfairness and a lack of justice.
Someone who is done by an injustice may have been judged to harshly.
In "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller, the target audience is young
adults to the older generation. This play is based on real events
which occurred in 1692.
The Crucible is saying that in Salemat this time there is very little
justice, this is shown when Hale says "Goody Proctor, I have gone this
three month like our lord into the wilderness. I have sought a
Christian way, for damnations doubled on a minister who counsels men
In this Hale is saying that he no longer follows the beliefs of Salem
and he now follows the beliefs of Christianity.
Justice is conveyed in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" by having a
character like Hale, who comes into Salem as a man who strongly
believes that accusing and hanging people because of witchcraft is
right and just, but he later realizes that what he believes is wrong
and unjust. He then decides to change his ways.
Also at the end of Act 1, there are many quick accusations being made
which leaves the reader in suspense and a long wanting to know what
will happen to all these people who were accused.
The leaders of Salem believe that what they are doing is right and
just, but in reality it is an injustice. This is how justice can often
Justice often being masked by an injustice can also be seen in the
text "Justice without a Conscience." This text is showing a statue of
Lady Justice, who usually represents, Anti-discrimination, fairness
and justice, is now representing discrimination, unfairness and
injustice by the statue not wearing a blindfold which allows her to be
discriminative against people, her scales are unbalanced which would
make things unfair. Also the blindfold is pulled over her mouth
stopping her from speaking which represents that justice is not always
There is a man passed out at the base of the statue. This is using a
high angle shot to show that the man is very insignificant and lady
justice is large and very important.
Another text which shows justice being masked by an injustice is a
cartoon where an upper class man has just shot a woman, killing her.
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Another man who is a middle or lower class man is shocked, but the
upper class man reassures the other man by saying "Its OK I'm rich"
This cartoon is showing that, depending on the economic status of a
person, they may get a more lenient punishment than average. In "The
Crucible", this is shown in Parris, who is upper class and high up in
Salem, never being accused of witchcraft whereas Giles Corey, who is
lower class, was accuse and convicted of witchcraft.
Also a newspaper article is also related to "The Crucible." In this
article a man who killed his wife was found guilty but then the
conviction was overturned on appeal so the man walked free even though
he was caught digging up the bones of his wife. A few years later this
same man was charged with killing his second wife who was strangled
with the cord of a lamp. However, this man walked free once again when
he claimed that someone broke into his house and murdered his wife
while he was out, so because the court believed what he said was true
he was found not guilty. In "The Crucible", Tomas Putnam makes his
daughter lie to get an accused man hung so that Tomas Putnam can take
the mans land after he is killed.
This text also shows that justice often masks an injustice by the
court believing that they are doing the right thing, however, this man
may be lying and, in this case, the court has just let a two-time
murderer back on to the streets.
In conclusion, Justice often masks an occurrence of injustice in many
forms and in "the crucible" by Arthur Miller, the leaders of Salem,
believe that the way that they are dealing with people of strange
happenings is right and just but is actually wrong and unjust.