Downfall due to Pride
Several leading characters in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible exhibit qualities of pride and arrogance. Hale and Danforth, two men of considerable authority, convey Miller’s message, and criticism of pride. These two characters show that pride does not shine light on the truth, but rather turns just judgment away from it. Their pride ultimately dictates the decisions of the Salem witch trials, which leads to the deaths of hundreds of innocents.
When Hale first arrives at Salem, he feels that he is, “weighted with authority”(36), as if what he has come to do here in Salem no other man is capable of. He feels like he is higher than everyone else. But as the events in Salem start to unfold Hale realizes that the practices he has participated in were wrong, he did not realize until then because he was clouded by his pride. “In my ignorance I find it hard to draw a clear opinion of them that come accused before the court. And so this afternoon, and now tonight, I go from house to house…” In this quote Hale is at the Proctor residence, and he is admitting to us that he has been at fault. Hale was so caught up in the fact that he was actually needed for something he didn’t actually look into the situation to see if anyone was witching. Instead he let his pride get in the way of his thinking, and thus sent many people to their death. Danforth is not much different than Hale. Danforth also lets his pride dictate his actions. Danforth like Hale is trying to live up to his expectations, to find the source of satanic works and stop it. However in Salem there is no witchery going on, the only crime is a few girls playing around. Danforth cannot consent to the fact that he has been deceived by some girls, because he is too proud. If he does admit to being tricked, his reputation would go down and that is not something he could have happen. Therefore it is apparent that Danforth too it blinded by his pride. Throughout the play we see the destructive...
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