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Crucible Essay

Revenge should not be the cause of a fight. Revenge was shown a lot in the play The Crucible. Two characters that show revenge in this play would be be Rev. Hale and Judge Danforth. Danforth is a reputable judge who can determine whether you live or die, and Hale is a well trained minister who relies upon his books. Both of these characters enter the trials with similar goals. These characters dont nesicerally show revenge toward eachother.

Revenge can start huge conficts with no resolutions. Judge Danforth had the power to sentence people to death and jail time. Reverend Hale is a dynamic character who learns his role as a minister while Judge Danforth is a force who voices others opinions through his power over the people of salem. " And do you know that near to four hundred are in the jails from Marblehead to Lynn, and upon my signature?" said Judge Danforth (Miller Act III 1137), he is refering to the amount of people he sentenced to jailtime. Hale didnt seem to agree with Danforths actions. When Hale says "Is every defense an attack upon the court? Can no one—?" (Act III 1141) He is attacking Danforth.

The theme of revenge relates to the play in many ways. A lot of characters in this play show revenge to eachother. This play relates to the salem witch trials. Druing this time periods a lot of odd things occured. People disliked and held grunges on people for no reason. Danforth for example, he was harsh but some people believe he was fair. Hale didnt seem to think he was very fair. "I denounce these proceedings, I quit this court!" (Act III 1152) says Hale, this proves he dissaproves with Judge Danforths actions.

Danforth doesn't treat Hale with the respect he deserves as a minister. Later on in Act IV Hale comes back to the court the first thing he says is "The sun will rise in a few minutes. Excellency, I must have more time." (Act IV 1157) By this he means he needs more time to explain his opinion and his side of...
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