The Theme Of Puritanism In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

Improved Essays
When people are bad in the society, they strive to prove that they are good. As a result, the society changes it perception about these people, which exempt them from punishment. Crucible literary work has proved this saying where people who were guilty failed to be charged and were treated as good people from how the society viewed them. The book is a tragic drama that was written in 1952-1953 by Arthur Miller in setting that was based in Massachusetts when it was a puritan colony (Bloom 3). The main theme of the book depicts Puritanism and can be viewed as a way in which Miller tried to address the evils in the society at that time. The book reveals a number of evils such as adultery, witchcraft, and power struggles in the society where …show more content…
When Abigail and her friends when dancing in the forest, she performed sought of witchcraft and Betty ended up unconscious. Although the other girls knew what had happened, she convinced them not to tell the crowd what happened. She threatened them, “Let anyone breathe words...about what happened, and I will appear to you in black of terrible night and I will…shudder you,” (Miller 20). All these secrets hid her evils and involvement in the witchcraft, acts that caused her not to be charged quality while her actions proved him as bad person. Abigail involvement in witchcraft was also evidenced when Mr. and Mrs. Proctor were discussing how the townsfolk had escalated on the issues of witchcraft in the town. Mrs. Proctor pushed her husband to denounce Abigail for her evils acts but he refused arguing that her wife had feelings over the young girl. The move continued to hider society from exposing the evils in the society and charging the guilty ones. The puritan society did not permit witchcraft and thus Miller used literary works to point out how such evils prevailed in the society unnoticed. In addition, he pointed out how the society has relaxed people who witnessed evils and allowed those who were involved to continue without reporting …show more content…
Elizabeth was a good person in the society who was not involved in evils like her Husband, but she end being charged because of evils that had not done. She has continued to fight her husband’s infidelity in her own home when she dismissed Abigail from her home. Upon realizing that her husband was having marital affairs with her husband, she does not take any legal actions but just tells her to leave. However, when Abigail accidentally finds needle in her food that was served by Mrs. Proctor, she claims that she wanted to kill her. She files a case and Mrs. Proctor is arrested and imprisoned. From the events that took place in the novel, Mrs. Proctor appeared innocent and she did not deserve to be arrested and charged for being guilty. In addition, she did not have to suffer the consequences of Abigail’s accusations. At the end of the book, Elizabeth was in jail waiting for her conviction. She has suffered while her husband has been enjoying freedom. Mr. Proctor felt guilty and decided to save her wife by proving that the girls and Abigail were lying about her murder attempt case. During the court ruling, Mary Warren was used by Mr. Proctor to prove that the girls were lying and wanted Elizabeth to suffer due to her ill relationship with Abigail for illicit affair. Mr. Proctor reveals in court that, “it is vengeance of whore…you should see it,” (Miller

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    In the Crucible, by Arthur Miller saving one’s reputation is an important theme throughout the play. Reverend Parris, the leader of Salem, his niece Abigail Williams and John Proctor, who had an affair with Abigail, are concerned throughout the play about being accused of witchcraft. After Abigail is accused of witchcraft, Parris started worrying about the rumors of his niece and how his town will respond. John Proctor sounded like the normal citizen in Salem but when asked to sign his name, Proctor refused to ruin his reputation and died instead of it. Additionally, Abigail started making up excuses so the rumors would stop spreading about her.…

    • 964 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    I’ll not give my wife to vengeance!” (Miller 1283). He demonstrates the control given to Abigail and the girls, and also opens the door for new opinions of the residents in Salem. Reverend Hale and some of the community members no longer see Abigail as an innocent girl plagued by the witchcraft in her town, but a girl who comes up with her own lies and condemns honest people. Not only does Abigail turn herself away…

    • 1030 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The play is by Arthur Miller who wanted to base the play according to the witch trials in Salem. In Salem, rumors go around about a group of girls pretending that everyone is a witch or has something to do with witchcraft. The girls are accused of dancing in the woods which makes them tell rumors about everyone else. Rumors go around and make people act differently because the rumors are affecting their lives and families. Some people even get hanged or jailed for it.…

    • 1416 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    While Mary had attempted that the girls had been lying. John then flairs with anger and screams, “How do you call Heaven! Whore! Whore!” (Proctor,pg.947) As he then proceeds to tell the truth that Abigail only wants to have Elizabeth, Proctor 's wife, hanged so that she could have him for herself. “She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave” (proctor, Pg.948) Admitting that he had committed the crime of adultery when Abigail when she was still their maid, while Elizabeth was ill. Danforth, the judge, then calls in his wife, Elizabeth, to confirm if he had truly committed the crime of…

    • 1197 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Judge danforth is suspicious of proctor and his motives so he tells him his wife 's life will be spared due to her pregnancy. Proctor mind isn 't changed and he convinces danforth to allow mary to testify, mary proceeds to tell the court all the girls are liars but when the girls are brought in they accuse mary of bewitching them. Feeling like he had no other choice proctor confesses to the affair between him and abigail saying this is her motive for accusing elizabeth. Danforth calls in elizabeth to test proctor and see if elizabeth would agree with proctor of lie to protect her husband 's good name. Despite her natural good honesty she lies for her husband causing danforth to denounce proctor as a liar.…

    • 890 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Ernest Hemingway once said, “All things truly wicked start from an innocence.” The playwright, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller proves this statement to be true. A group of young girls danced innocently in the forest, wishing their crushes liked them back (white magic.) It was all fun and games until Abigail wished harm upon her ex-lover’s wife, executing ‘black magic’. This started the accusations of witchcraft that spread through the town like wildfire, harming reputations and killing virtuous townspeople with false accusations. Abigail is an evil person because she commits lechery, accuses innocent townspeople of witchcraft, and betrays those she cares about resulting in consequences as severe as death.…

    • 1112 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Mary Warren is a young girl who is caught in the woods with the other girls. She and her clan of friends start accusing others of witchery because they do not want to get in trouble for being in the woods. John Proctor knows that the girls are lying and convinces Mary to confess to the judges. While conversing with John about it, she becomes very nervous and tells him, “I cannot, they’ll turn on me” (Miller 1287). Mary is more concerned with her friendships or being hanged than the innocent people in her town that are being killed for witchcraft.…

    • 1264 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Despite her fear, Mary eventually goes into town with John. Mary admits to Judge Danforth and the others that all of the supernatural occurrences in the court were actually a hoax to fool the court. Unwilling to believe this story, Judge Danforth calls upon Abigail and the other girls. Obviously siding with Abigail and her coven of fake witches, Danforth questions both Abigail and Mary. When Mary refused to once again take Abigail’s side, she begins to shiver, clasp her arms about herself and lie once again.“I - I know not.…

    • 1008 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    This delays their reconciliation until they could both acknowledge their own sins to each other. Although Elizabeth is accused of witchcraft, she avoids punishment partially because of her pregnancy and her husband’s confession, but also because of the fact that the evidence against her did not equate to the sinless persona that fought for her innocence. She strives to be an ideal Puritan woman in her society, and because many citizens saw Elizabeth fit this mold, they did not see the possibility of her carrying the devil’s spirit. That is, all but Abigail, who attempts to use Elizabeth’s moral nature against her to win back Proctor’s affection, stating she is a “cold, sniveling woman” and claiming Elizabeth is selfish and authoritative over…

    • 860 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    She initially tried to go after Elizabeth Proctor to get her true love John Proctor. She felt manipulated and wanted the blame put on other people’s shoulders that she felt was targeting her. They abuse their power in the court convicting their critics. Not only should the girls be blamed for all the convictions, but so should society and the judges for being so gullible into believing the girls. Even at the end, Abigail and Mercy Lewis stole Parris’s money and fleeted, the judges knew they had been lying but also didn’t want to take the blame or lose their pride for killing so many people and standing on the girls side.…

    • 1032 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays