Essay about The Crucible with Lord of the Flies

1079 Words Dec 23rd, 2003 5 Pages
Goldie Bignell

The successful and what could have been successful societies in both Lord of the Flies and The Crucible eventually decayed and fell apart. There were struggles with good and evil in Salem and on the island that were the result of three main elements. Fear, misuse of power and fanatical religious beliefs were the cause of the two societies failure.
In Salem, anything unusual or different from the norm was seen as alien and sinful. When Parris saw the girls dancing in the woods, he became afraid the other townspeople would blame him for letting the sacrilegious acts take place. Since he was the reverend, he was supposed to make sure everyone in town was following their religious paths. To avoid punishment, he blamed
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When most of the boys leave Ralph and join Jack's tribe, they treat him like a king and wait on him. Jack's obsession with hunting creates a savage frame of mind in all his tribe members; they get less organized and lose their desire to be rescued. Roger pushes the rock off the cliff and kills Piggy not because he was defending himself, but because he had the power to do it. Piggy was helpless and Roger knew he would not be punished by Jack.
The fanatical religious belief of the people was the third thing to ruin the two worlds. The Puritans strict following of the bible and theocratic judicial system made it possible for there to be no necessary, physical proof in the charging of the witches. Since there is talk of witches and demons in the bible, the Puritans use spectral evidence in the courts. This evidence is just one person's word against another. When charged, the "witches" were forced to either confess the crime and be forgiven, or deny it and be hung. Both would lead to punishment for sinning when God judged them. Near the end of the play, Hale tries to convince Danforth to pardon the rest of the people who were charged. Danforth replies, "Twelve are already executed; the names of these seven are given out, and the village expects to see them die this morning. Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part; reprieve or pardon must cast doubt upon the guilt of them that died till now."(129). He

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