Compare And Contrast The Crucible And West Thomas Three

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West Memphis Three vs. The Crucible
“It’ll be sorta like I’m the West Memphis Boogeyman”. This is what Damien Echols said right before he was arrested for the murder of three little boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Damien was wrongly accused along with two others, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. Another case similar to the West Memphis Three (WM3) is the fictional play, the Crucible, written by Arthur Miller. The Crucible was based on the Salem Witch Trials, where hundreds of people were hanged because they denied the false accusations of witchcraft. The West Memphis Three case and the Crucible both show people would rather just finish the case, rather than working even longer to find the right person. In the Crucible two girls,
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Abby, saw that everyone was worried about her, so she told everyone that a black slave named Tituba made her drink the potion. All of the accusations of Abby’s attempt to kill Goody Proctor were true because Abby wanted to have a relationship with her husband John Proctor. Once Abby saw the power she had after blaming Tituba, she started to blame more and more people, so Judge Hathorne kept sentencing them to be hanged. Hathorne forgives Abby, despite the fact that she tried to sell her soul to the devil because he believed that she lied about others to build her relationship with God. This is similar to the WM3 case because once these three eight year old boys were murdered, everybody immediately turned the blame towards Damien Echols and his closests friends. During both cases, people turned the blame towards people who had nothing to do …show more content…
They must use an Alford Plea. An Alford Plea is where the suspect pleaded guilty even though they were not, in order to be released from prison. The court did this because they had evidence that proved the boys were innocent, but they did not want the boys to sue the court system. The only way to save the court from being sued was to give the boys the option to plead guilty. During the Crucible John Proctor was forced to write his name on the church to show he made a pact with the devil in order to be set free. This was similar to the Alford Plea from the WM3 case because both times were people were forced to give up the good in their name in order to be set free. The difference was, the WM3 accept the plea and were set free, while John Proctor refused to admit that he signed a pact with the devil and was hung as

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