The Dramatic Presentation of Truth, Justice and Morality in The Crucible

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The Dramatic Presentation of Truth, Justice and Morality in The Crucible

"The Crucible" is essentially a story about witchcraft, but the one key theme which occurs throughout the play and plays a fundamental part in it, is justice. A large proportion of the play is actually set in court, the "house of justice", which is a very symbolic way of showing its importance. Normally in every day life, the judge of the court is the person who brings out the justice in the cases brought forwards, but in "The Crucible" it is not always clear if this is the case; sometimes it even seems to be the other way round. Often there are times when pivotal characters such as John Proctor will question Judge Hathorn or
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Surely if someone accuses another of something as serious as witchcraft was in those days, the accuser should be put under some caution to find out the motivation for their accusation. We now know that vengeance and personal retributions are often the cause of spiteful attempts at revenge, and accusing them of witchcraft was an easy way to be rid of them in 1692. However, only John Proctor seems to see the sense in this - the officials of the court have overlooked this vital point. This obviously goes to show that justice was no where near perfect in Salem in the years of these activities. They may have believed what they were doing was righteous, but to us, it clearly was not. It is true, the justice system in the world will never be perfected, but this is just wrong.

Here we must question the overall righteousness of the acts of the court in "The Crucible". Is it truly fair that a man who confesses to witchcraft may live, yet one who denies it should die? What if he is really not a witch? Then by the court's rules, he should die, for having nothing to do with witchcraft. This is entirely the opposite of fair - that someone should be hanged for doing nothing, is pure cold-blooded murder. Now we have a policy that everyone is "innocent until proven guilty," which, if was in place then, would have saved a lot of

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