The Crucible Essay

787 Words Aug 12th, 2008 4 Pages
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible explores tolerance through a variety of situations all based around the accusations, and the actual Salem witch trials. Tolerance is a result of different people’s experiences, such as conflicts with each other, or themselves, the actions of the characters, and the different themes that tie into the novel. Whether it is how “witches” are taking over Salem or how adultery is ruining people’s marriages, Miller makes sure tolerance is portrayed. The tolerance that the characters have results from the commotion of the witch trials, in that everyone was waiting for the persecution of the people to benefit themselves. Therefore, the representation of tolerance is established in Arthur Miller’s play through the clear …show more content…
Putnam then asks what lumber it is, and comments on how that tract of wood is in his bounds. As the arguing continues Putnam keeps the conflict alive with a comment such as “You load one oak of mine and you’ll fight to drag it home!” (32). Putnam is also an avid believer of witchcraft. “That is a notorious sign of witchcraft afoot, Goody Nurse, a prodigious sign!” (25). The conflict Mr. Putnam has with Mr. Corey, along with the fact that he strongly believes in witchcraft represents his tolerance toward the witch trials. When Giles Corey is put to death for contempt of the court, Putnam shows his tolerance because he does not interfere with the decision that is made about Corey being put to death. He stays out of it because he knows once Corey is dead, he will have no more disputes about land boundaries and him taking his wood. Not only does every act of this play show tolerance resulting in conflicts, it shows tolerance that result in themes as well. The people in the town of Salem all have persecution in their hearts, and it is this element that is the easiest to recognize the tolerance that people portray for the Salem witch trials. Danforth, with his power of the court, demonstrates persecution by stating, “And seventy-two condemned to hang by that signature” (87). He talks about how he has persecuted seventy two people under his signature. In another instance, Mary Warren demonstrates persecution by her harsh

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