Importance Of Authority In The Crucible

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The idea of authority to many becomes a controversial issue. Some people like the fact that there is a person with authority so that civilians don 't have to think of the problems affecting them. Others on the other hand, some people disapprove of a person with authority since the person can easily manipulate his or her powers and use it in a destructive way. Throughout the play, “The Crucible,” authority was a recurring theme, but it also plays a part in the American Revolution, parenting, and the novel “The Outsiders.” When Author Miller, the author of “The Crucibles,” was writing the play, he placed Judge Danforth as the authority head in Salem during the Salem Witch Trials in theocratic Massachusetts. Judge Danforth was essentially the …show more content…
During the late 1700’s, the King of England used his powers along with England’s Parliament to enact taxations among the colonialist. After taxations like the Paper Act and the Tea Act were enforced, the colonist believed that the King and Parliament had misused their powers since the colonist had no representation in the political system in England. They felt that the authority was taken advantaged and was levied towards the feeble and the underrepresented. This sparked the American Revolution along with the saying “No Taxation without Representation,” developed. This resulted in mass demonstrations against their English overlords with battles across the eastern coast of North America. Blood was shed for the idea of equality and freedom that was so desperately wanted. Soon the English authority came rumbling down, resulting in the freedom gained by the colonies. This therefore led to a new journey to pave the path of the …show more content…
In the book “The Outsiders,” the police enforced the theme of authority throughout the novel. They are placed in a position where they can determine the outcome of events in one’s life. For example, when Dally, a character that is portrayed to be the responsible and more authoritative character, tries to take revenge on his friend’s death, Jonny who was fatally stabbed, he actually ends his own. After a serious gang fight between Dally’s gang and another upperclass gang, Dally and his gang went to the hospital to check up on Jonny, who had passed before they arrived. Dally was so distort about the chain of events that lead to the death of Jonny that he stormed out of the hospital where he later robbed a local convince store. The police were dispatcher in response to a distressing call about a convince store robbery,. When they arrived, they saw Dally and surrounded him, but he took out a fully loaded handgun which prompted the police to us deadly force, a symbol of authority. Now, authority does not only exist in the police, but also the school system in the novel. Teachers in the school system have always told Ponyboy, the brother of Dally, that he is something more than the pathetic thug he is. This provides Ponyboy authority indirectly since the teacher tried to direct him to a more suitable path towards success. No matter what though, authority has shaped the life

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