The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

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In the 17th century, Puritans migrated to present day Massachusetts and established one of the first settlements in the new world, Salem. The Puritans adhered to a strict religious lifestyle. The puritanical ways they abided by resulted in the formation of a theocracy, a combination of church and state. This devout group expressed zero tolerance when accusations of impropriety were brought around. The Puritans’ uncompromising government led to many predicaments, especially those associated with individuality. Arthur Miller, author of The Crucible, wrote his play based on true accounts of Salem. Arthur Miller’s play criticizes the intolerance of the theocratic government and the rampant hysteria found in the community. Miller wrote, “The witch- hunt was a perverse manifestation of the panic which set in among all classes when the balance began to turn toward greater individual freedoms” (Miller 7). Arthur Miller portrays the flaws of the societal system throughout his charactes; Miller uses the main characters’, Abigail Williams; Giles Corey; and John Proctor, individual actions to exhibit the intolerant and panic- stricken society.
Abigail Williams’ actions were the first to bring about panic. Abigail is the niece of Reverend Parris; therefore, she is thought of to be truthful. Abigail reveals in Act 1 that she did the forbidden, danced with the devil. Abigail admits, “’I danced for the Devil; I saw him; I wrote in his book…’” (48). This confession leads to a heap of panic…

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