The Role Of Witch Hunts In The Crucible

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Arthur Miller’s play named The Crucible was one that shows a society turning on itself, accusing one another of false crimes to avoid being suspected of being involved in witchery. The Origin of this mass hysteria was caused by many young girls who were involved with “conjuring spirits” in the woods one night- something banned by the church. The young girls played a powerful part in the play due to the Puritan society where it was known that children were highly susceptible to detecting evil. The girls were brought to the court and had the prevailing determination on who was and was not a witch. It has become theorized over the years that the true purpose of the witch hunts was for individuals to enact revenge on fellow neighbors and gain …show more content…
For some this was the main priority but to others they had greater goals which lead to such a fast escalation of events and confusion. The town of Salem in 1692 was a Puritan society and had to hold the views of the church. This prohibited cruel acts against others and as time went on more and more developed deep grudges against one another. When the witch hunt opportunity came perceived injustices some saw this as a way to falsely accuse someone of being a witch to get revenge against past matters. This was Abigail Williams’ motive. After learning about her husband’s adultery Elizabeth Proctor had Abigail fired and removed from the house. Even after many months Abigail has strong feelings towards John and doesn’t want the relationship to be over. After the dancing in the forest Abigail is provided with an opportunity to get rid of her nemesis by accusing Elizabeth to be guilty of being a witch. By doing so she can be closer to John Proctor, perhaps even his second wife. This was not the only accusation based on revenge though. Thomas Putnam accused Giles Corey’s wife of being a witch because she read “strange books”. This was to get back at Giles because Thomas could not get a section of land owned by his neighbor. This was just the beginning of events that lead to many false accusations and 19 hangings in the town …show more content…
After careful consideration the answer is simply no. A witch trial could not occur in our society today due to the changes of mentality and technology. The mentality of a Puritan living in the 1690’s is not the same as someone who lives today. In the past it was easily possible to believe in something that you could not see, this was because of the church 's major role in society. The church made people believe God was the highest figure a person could look up to. If one could not see God and believe then the same could occur for spirits and witches. The view of today 's society which is not as involved in religion as the past has a mentality of “I have to see it to believe it”. This causes individuals to only believe in things they see because this shows true evidence and proof to the original statement. The occurrence of people believing in witches and spirits is slim to none with this mentality that is adopted by our current society. The possibility of another Salem witch trial is not possible and can never be repeated. Occurrences of hunt and persecution take action although, except in alternate forms in our present

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