Theme Of Injustice In The Crucible

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During the play The Crucible, Arthur Miller shows how a simple game can turn violent in the small puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts. The inhabitants of Salem are confused and very terrified as they see their longtime friends and trusty neighbors turn their backs on each other. Salem, a once peaceful town, has now been placed in what many of the people of Salem are sure are the hands of the devil. The Crucible tells the story of how accusations of witchcraft came to be during the real world event of the Salem Witch Trials on which the play is based off of. Scientists, along with historians, have tried to find the real motives behind the accusations but the world may never really know the complete truth of how and why the people of Salem …show more content…
When John Proctor comes to Judge Danforth to ask for his wife’s freedom, Judge Danforth refuses to give her freedom. John Proctor is then questioned by both Judge Danforth and Cheever and John Proctor sees it may be a lost battle, that is until he brings up the subject of Rebecca nurse and why she was condemned. While the questions and rumors of the convicted are flying around, Judge Danforth slowly begins to figure out what John Proctor seeks. John Proctor in hopes of making Judge Danforth see the truth, hands Judge Danforth a Testament signed by 91 people. John Proctor tells Judge Danforth that, “The people signing it declare good opinion of Rebecca, and my wife, and Martha Corey…If you will notice, sir they have known the women many years and never saw no sign they had dealing with the devil” (Miller 93). John Proctor Hands the evidence and Judge Danforth slowly examines it while Parris tries repeatedly to convince Judge Danforth that John Proctor only seeks to attack the court. Both Giles and John Proctor know that such defense could be considered an attack of the court like Parris insists. John Proctor also knows that the testament could either save the 3 women or bring in an additional 91 people to the trials, but courage and determination blossom at such a time in both men and both of them decide to give it a go. The evidence is very …show more content…
When Giles is first asked to prove that his wife is innocent he is left without words and is unable to prove that his wife is innocent. Giles begins to argue that his wife is innocent and begins to plead for her release but instead Giles puts himself in a more dangerous position on his part. Giles states that, “This man is killing his neighbors for their land!” (Miller 96). This man Giles refers to is Mr. Putnam who has a very bad reputation with Giles. Giles wants the Judge to see the some truth behind some of the accusations that Putnam is committing so he states that he had heard an honest man state Putnam’s real motive for his accusations. Giles refuses to give out a name after he is questioned to release the name of who made such accusation and is therefore arrested for contempt of the court. One does not hear about Giles for a while but his fate was soon revealed after John Proctor asks his wife of any news from Giles. Elizabeth responds by saying, “Giles is dead…He were hanged. He would not answer his indictment…They press him John” (Miller 135). Elizabeth has revealed to John that Giles was pressed to death for not giving an answer to his indictment. John is shocked but he is happy Giles died and left behind a legacy to his kids. As a result of the way Giles died, Putnam may not keep Buy the land Giles left as

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