The Theme Of Puritanism In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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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

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