Injustice In The Crucible

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McKay Yorgason
Mrs. Jensen
English 10
September 26, 2014 The Crucible is a very accurate depiction of misguided injustice due to all the dishonesty, misinformation, and ulterior motives that brought about the Salem Witch Trials. There were many different causes that could have started it all that include, but are not partial to, corrupted leaders, obvious lies, and heavy theocracy. The Trials were definitely not solely the product of one or two origins.
One of these ‘origins’ is the pride and entitlement of the authorities responsible for sentencing the ‘witches’. Danforth is arguably the judge that displays the most pride and entitlement. It is ironic that he said he would not accept Proctor’s dishonest confession because every single
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Salem was an excellent example of what the court can turn into when this is not so. The authorities should have relied less upon religion, and more upon the evidence given. Because of this, among other reasons, the authorities of the Crucible were assuredly one of the main causes of the Trials. However, when people reference the Salem Witch Trials, they put most, if not all, of the blame upon Abigail Williams and the rest of her posse. However, the fault is not solely theirs. It is shared by the judges as well because they allowed themselves to be influenced by the girls’ lies and their own greed. Danforth was blinded by his pride. He dismissed all of the signs and let himself be carried away by the frenzy and his own authority. Hale started out as a pompous man who thought himself to be more qualified than he really was. Parris was only out to strengthen his reputation and deepen his pockets. Such faults and corruption do not a jury …show more content…
Hale’s character at the beginning of the story. He is full of long words and imagined entitlements. But, as the trials commence and gray areas of Salem are revealed, Hale slowly begins to realize that the situation really is as Proctor claims when he says, “I’ll tell you what’s walking Salem—vengeance is walking Salem. We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law! This warrant’s vengeance; I will not give my wife to vengeance!”
In the movie variation of the play, when John Proctor has been declared an “anti-Christ” and taken into custody, Hale declares he is no longer a member of that court, which is certainly a massive change from his first attitude.
“Beginning Hale” was not the only character who was so influenced by religion that it became major flaw in his character. In fact, in the case of the Salem Witch Trials, religion is an antagonist because it is such an unstable foundation to base accusations as controversial as witchcraft upon. While religion can be a cause for good in other circumstances, it is definitely not something that should be used as a witness or piece of evidence in the official court of

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