The Problem Of Witchcraft In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Witchcraft is a prominent problem in The Crucible. The entire play centers on this one problematic event that has everyone in the town of Salem panic-stricken and accused of being a witch. While the play had instances of witchcraft defined, most of the play just has the characters accusing each other blindly because they themselves do not want to face justice alone. Witchcraft in actuality is a religion that is centered on nature. They cannot perform spells, but they perform rituals that summon Satan or a demon who appears in the form of a spirit. This is also true for necromancy as the woman, or witch, calls upon the Devil and he “comes to them in the likeness of the man that is buried there, as if he arise from death” (Audrey Meany).
While witchcraft is a heathen practice, there are the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ witches. The ‘good’ witches are the White Witches, which perform healing rituals equivalent to a shaman in a Native
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People were being accused left and right for no good reason other than there was no way to prove themselves innocent. One such character was Putnam. Putnam blamed various characters for the sheer fact that he wanted to buy land real cheap after the accused “witches” were either hanged or imprisoned. Also in the Crucible the maid, Tituba, tries to summons spirits of the dead through witch-doctor like conjuring and chants. While this could be considered witchcraft, it is more likely to be simply demon summoning. The other characters in the play see the events of this and automatically assume (while justifiable) that Tituba is summoning the Devil. It is later confirmed in the story that Tituba was summoning Satan and planned to “fly away back home.” In accounts to her conviction, she admits what she has done but the story doesn’t dwell after that. Another accused witch was Sarah Good. While she was not a land owner, she was still accused and eventually put to death by

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