Theme Of Prejudice In The Crucible

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Out of fear, blame is often presented to those who come off as an easy target. Taking the easy way out seems a lot simpler then risking oneself pride and status, and this way creates a multitude of problems. Not only is the blame made off of assumptions and past grudges, but oftentimes the accusations are made from a type of deeply felt resentment that boils below.
Whether this blame is made based on skin color or reputation, or whether the accusation is made out of a sense of greed and want for more, the scenario is that oftentimes taking the easy way out becomes a much more complicated circumstance. Many real life situations stem from prejudice thinking and beliefs about a person, and in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, many innocent
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After a worldwide depression, Germany was left with nowhere to turn and looking for someone to blame. The people of Germany looked to Hitler, the leader of the Nazi party, to pick up the pieces and rebuild their nation. Because Hitler was such an influential speaker, he easily influenced the country with his personal views on the Jews, and found his entrance to his rise as dictator. Antisemitism is a term created soon after World War II, referring to the prejudice and hatred of Jews. Hitler’s Mein Kampf was a book he wrote portraying his ideas that the Jews were dangerous people that posed a threat to someday destroying Germany. The aversion with the Jews began long before World War II, when the
Christians believed that that the Jews played a large role in the death of Jesus. Similarly in The
Crucible, ordinary women, men, and neighbors are accused of witchery due to a need for vengeance and hatred for the accused individuals. The accused “witches” are seen as the obvious target to arraign. The Bible refers to witches as an action that goes against the Christian
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Reverend Parris is the town minister in Salem, and since Salem at this time lives under a Theocracy, Reverend Parris is given authority to rule the town in the way that he sees fit. A faction lives amongst the town that despises Mr. Parris and his duty as minister and church official. The Theocracy that Salem lives by is similar to German nationalism. The people of Salem are dedicated Puritans and devoted to the Bible and God’s scriptures such as Hitler’s followers were committed to his ideas and beliefs. If an individual does not follow or exemplify the word of the Bible, then that person is seen as an outcast and is suspect for following the
Devil. Reverend Hale, a “witchcraft specialist” visits the accused witches. He meets with John
Proctor and his wife Elizabeth. When asked to recite his Commandments, Proctor remembers every Commandment except that of adultery. Hale grows wary and uneasy because one that cannot recite his Commandments just might be bewitched. In all reality, Reverend Hale is basing his misgivings off of a prejudged idea that the Proctors follow with the Devil. With Hale’s superstitions, he sets the tone for the trials of the accused witches because what he sees as

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