The Salem Witch Trials And The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay example

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Arthur C. Clarke once said, “The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.” The Salem Witch Trials, motivated by greed and supported by religion, defines the removal of ethics due to religious beliefs. Seventy-two year old Rebecca Nurse portrays the result of the loss of morality mentioned above as the central most tragic character in the Salem Witch Trials and The Crucible by Arthur Miller because she died respected, innocently possessing a strong-will, and with a family.
To begin with, before her execution, Rebecca appeared as one of the most respected ladies within Salem based on the reactions and doings of others after her accusation. For example, in Act Two, when Reverend Hale tells the Proctors of Mrs. Nurse’s charge, he states, “God forbid such a one be charged…” Additionally, in Act Three, ninety-one people signed a testament expressing their “good opinion” of Rebecca, along with their opinions of Martha Corey and Elizabeth Proctor. Furthermore, twelve others faced the gallows and met their death prior to Rebecca, although not many wept for them; thus Rebecca’s demise appeared different. Specifically, in the final act, Parris begged both Judge Hathorne and Deputy Governor Danforth to postpone the execution of Rebecca because, “...Rebecca Nurse is no Bridget that lived three year with Bishop before she married him…” In addition, Parris also cried out a threat upon his life not long after the previous quote. One…

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