What Is Puritanism In The Crucible

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Brenda Shoshanna once said “ What seems good turns bad, what seems bad turns good. It is an endless cycle”. In the year 1692, a series of trials and accusations began happening in Salem Village, Massachusetts. These court trials were nothing like the normal ones, these were for the beliefs of villagers being witches. It started with a group of young girls who said they were possessed by the devil, these girls then started to accuse some of the villagers for apparently being witches. A book written by Arthur Miller called The Crucible, Is a story about the real life people in Salem, and his belief of how Salem was like during that time. The people in Salem Village were puritans, they were very religious and pure people. What were puritans like …show more content…
As defined by the Encyclopædia Britannica, puritanism was “a religious reform movement in the late 16th and 17th centuries that sought to “purify” the Church of England of remnants of the Roman Catholic “popery” that the Puritans claimed had been retained after the religious settlement reached early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.” (Encyclopædia Britannica). Puritans believed that God was all powerful and that they need to devote their lives to him. Nobody wanted to be condemned to human damnation, so to keep this from happening most puritans were highly religious, went to church all the time, stayed true to the bible, and followed the ten commandments. Puritanism played a big role in The Crucible, most of the people in the book followed by these Puritan beliefs, but some were bad and did …show more content…
John Hale, or in the book Reverend Hale, came to the village to help. He comes to Salem to basically diagnose witchcraft and then tried to provide a cure (The Crucible). Even though witches weren’t real, this shows that he cared enough to try to cure them rather than just going straight to killing or hanging them. Throughout the book Hale starts to realize that Abigail is lying and then is the only one in the court that questions these trails. The court will not budge about the hangings, so Hale tries to get people to confess they are witches so that they won’t be hanged. Even though Hale was not in the right at first, this shows that he is trying to make up for all the actions. During this time period there was not a lot of good, it was a very dark time too. However, Reverend Hale wasn’t the only good person in this

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