The role of theocracy in the crucible a play by arthur miller

The narrator compares the Puritan fundamentalism to cultural norms in both the United States and the Soviet Union. In the end, hysteria can thrive only because people benefit from it. Once he signs his name, he refuses to let the judges have the confession.

When Hale responds that many of the accused have confessed, John points out that they were bound to be hanged if they did not; Hale reluctantly acknowledges this point.

Theocracies may seem like a good idea at first, but in the end they end up just as immoral as any other normal society, except because of the fact that it is a theocracy, things tend to get more hypocritical.

Abigail decides to play along with Tituba in order to prevent others from discovering her affair with Proctor, whose wife she had tried to curse out of jealousy. The village is rife with rumors of witchcraft and a crowd gathers outside Rev.

Because I lie and sign myself to lies! How may I live without my name?

He presses Danforth to pardon the remaining seven and put the entire affair behind them. The narrator speculates that the lack of civil liberties, isolation from civilization, and lack of stability in the colony caused latent internal tensions which would contribute to the events depicted in the play.

Rebecca is rational and suggests a doctor be called instead.

John Proctora local farmer and husband of Elizabeth, enters. Giles Corey submits his own deposition, accusing Thomas Putnam of forcing his daughter to accuse George Jacobs in order to buy up his land as convicted witches have to forfeit all of their property.

God forbid I take it from him! Danforth refuses, stating that pardons or postponement would cast doubt on the veracity of previous confessions and hangings. During the Trials, stories of witchcraft kept on building up, until the entire town was in a state of total panic.

Danforth is disappointed by this reluctance, but at the urging of Hale and Parris, allows John to sign a written confession, to be displayed on the church door as an example.

If Elizabeth is convicted, she would be hanged, leaving Abigail free to take Proctor as her own. The other girls involved in the incident join Abigail and a briefly roused Betty, who attempts to jump out of the window.

In this play, Abigail Williams falsely accuses many people of witchery for her own personal gain. Toward the end of the play, John Proctor is jailed and set to die for witchcraft.

When Danforth threatens him with arrest for contemptGiles argues that he cannot be arrested for "contempt of a hearing. Abigail coerces and threatens the others to "stick to their story" of merely dancing in the woods. Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang!

As the curtain closes, the three continue with their accusations as Hale orders the arrest of the named people and sends for judges to try them. Cheever is unconvinced and prepares to arrest Elizabeth. The deposition is dismissed by Parris and Hathorne as illegal.

When asked to reveal the source of his information, Giles refuses, fearing that he or she will also be arrested. If someone was accused, the judges would try to threaten him or her with jail and death unless they confessed the sin of witchcraft, so that they might live if he or she confessed.

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She and John have a lengthy discussion, during which she commends him for holding out and not confessing. Knowing in his heart that it is the wrong thing for him to do, John agrees to falsely confess to engaging in witchcraft, deciding that he has no desire or right to be a martyr. In The Crucible, the townsfolk accept and become active in the hysterical climate not only out of genuine religious piety but also because it gives them a chance to express repressed sentiments and to act on long-held grudges.

As they press him further John eventually signs, but refuses to hand the paper over, stating he does not want his family and especially his three sons to be stigmatized by the public confession. After Elizabeth suspected Abigail of having an illicit relationship with John Proctor, Williams was fired and disgraced.

Focused on maintaining public reputation, the townsfolk of Salem must fear that the sins of their friends and associates will taint their names.

Afterwards, the wealthy and influential Thomas Putnam and his wife, Ann arrive. Until that time comes, theocracies will stay as feeble, ineffective attempts to perfect towns and people so that the world will seem more socially acceptable and suitable in the eyes of men.

She believes John still lusts after Abigail and tells him that as long as he does, he will never redeem himself. One person in particular, Elizabeth Proctor, is accused by Abigail because she is married to John Proctor, the man Abigail wants to be with. Many villagers have been charged with witchcraft; most have confessed and been given lengthy prison terms and their property seized by the government; twelve have been hanged; seven more are to be hanged at sunrise for refusing to confess, including John Proctor, Rebecca Nurse and Martha Corey.

His ten-year-old daughter, Betty Parrislies motionless. After being framed for witchcraft, she confesses and is subsequently imprisoned with Sarah Good. Facing an imminent rebellion, Putnam and Parris frantically run out to beg Proctor to confess.

Act Four Act Four takes place three months later in the town jail, early in the morning.“Life, woman, life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it.” ― Arthur Miller, The Crucible.

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As for the characters of the persons, little is known about most of them excepting even high pur-poses, the people of Salem. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Salem Massachusetts is a theocratic town. In this play, Abigail Williams falsely accuses many people of witchery for her own personal gain.

One person in particular, Elizabeth Proctor, is accused by Abigail because she is married to John Proctor, the man Abigail wants to be with.

Miller's The Crucible and Cold War America Many teachers use The Crucible with their discussion of McCarthyism. Another interesting connection would be to teach the play with a film that is very much about McCarthyism—John Frankenheimer's The. By Arthur Miller The New Yorker, October 21, P.

LIFE AND LETTERS about the inspiration for and influence of Miller's play, "The Crucible," a reflection of the Communist witchhunts of its.

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