The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

1506 Words Mar 30th, 2015 7 Pages
What would you do if your authority figures were corrupt and you had no control over it whatsoever? That’s what the townspeople of Salem, Massachusetts had to deal with in 1692 with their authority figures calling the hunting of witches and attacking innocent townspeople who were effected by falsified accusations. Author Arthur Miller demonstrates the situation in Salem in his book The Crucible by talking about how the lives of the townspeople are directly affected by the corruption of authority and he also demonstrates how corruption has a serious negative affect on what that authoritative figure has to control. A judge with the names of John Hathorne and his colleagues follows a Christian theocratic style of indictment, and this cause’s unfair judgement of others, since it is used to indict others if they go against the will of God, such as witch-craft, and not people made rules and regulations. A victim of this improper judgement is the Proctor family, especially Elizabeth Proctor, when the girls affected by witch-craft improperly call her out for being a witch, which put her and her husband, John Proctor in a sacrificial situation, if her or her husband shall face the consequences of death. When authority is instated, it has the ability to become corrupted without regulations and common sense, causing in an imbalance of discipline and human rights. A judge with the names of John Hathorne and his colleagues follows a Christian theocratic style of indictment, and this…

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