Consequences Of Tragedy In The Crucible

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“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good” (Martin Luther King Jr.). The Crucible by Arthur Miller is story about how tragic results are created when unresolved conflicts are not settled. Revenge, mistrust, and fear are three tragic results of unresolved conflicts that Arthur Miller portrays.
Revenge is a tragic outcome because it causes people heartbreak and agony. Truly, Mrs. Putnam blames Rebecca Nurse for the death of her babies and seeks revenge over her. Mrs. Putnam lost seven out of the eight babies she birthed. For this reason, conjures spirits looking for someone to blame for the death of her babies. As a result, Rebecca Nurse is the victim that Mrs. Putnam seeks
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Primarily, fear is a result of people being accused of witchcraft. John did not know the Ten Commandments and for this happens to be a devils sign. Additionally, the young girls of Salem are caught dancing and singing in the woods. On the other hand, Sara Good happens to speak her opinion in the court: Unfortunately, the townspeople view voicing your opinion as a devils sign. Overall, these acts are prohibited in the town of Salem and these people are accused of witchcraft. While talking with Francis and Giles, Hale pleads, “I have seen too many frightful proofs in court—the Devil is live in Salem, and we dare not quail to follow wherever the accusing finger points” (Miller 1280). As a result, everyone is terrified to open his or her mouths, for the Devil is surrounding Salem. Cleary, the townspeople do not argue with the signs that the Devil gives them. Ultimately, fear has created an uproar in Salem, and people are petrified to be accused of witchcraft. Not only did witchcraft fear people but fear of social status roams throughout Salem. Mary Warren fears her friends will disown her if she does not play along with the story. Reverend Parris fears he will lose trust in his town if Betty is a witch. Furthermore, Abigail fears of being shunned for dancing, and saying spells in the forest. More importantly, Reverend Parris fears he will lose thrust in his town if Betty is a witch. “Thomas, Thomas I pray you, leap not to witchcraft… They will howl me out of Salem for such corruption” (Miller 1247). Reverend Parris is afraid that his town will look down upon him for lying. He also is fearful that he will get kicked out of Salem. As a result, he pleads Thomas Putnam to not jump to the conclusions of witchcraft. Consequently, fear is a tragic result and no one wants to be accused of witchcraft or those their social

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