Religion, Repression, And Revenge Of The Crucible By Arthur Miller

1091 Words Oct 1st, 2015 5 Pages
Religion, repression, and revenge all play vital roles in Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, by motivating the citizens’ accusations, rebellion, and mass hysteria. Without these elements, the witch trials would not have taken place. The religion of the Puritans, and their theocratic society caused the witch trials to worsen, citizens to make drastic choices, and fed the spread of mass hysteria throughout Salem. Since no separation between church and state existed, the people were forced to live a godly life in order to keep from breaking the law. Deviation from society was not tolerated in this community. Salem’s people only saw good and evil, black and white. A slight sign of individualism caused people to point their fingers and shout “witch”. A quote supporting this is when Danforth says “But you must understand, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road in between (ACT III; page 87).” All of the beliefs and extremeness of the citizens’ religion caused them to become more fearful, and gullible towards the whole event. Many people honestly believed they were doing right by discovering the “witches”, and cleansing their society of the Devil. This is the case with Mary Warren when she is aiding Abigail in the accusations against others as she says to Proctor, “The Devil’s loose in Salem, Mr. Proctor; we must discover where he is hiding (ACT II; page 56)!” The extreme religious traditions of the Puritans also caused them to…

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