“A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity” -Robert A. Heinlein. The The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play about witchcraft hunts in Salem, Massachusetts where many where accused, many innocent victims were faced with a cruel decision. They could either confess that they were guilty and would get punished or deny any relationship with the devil and get hang. Arthur miller was inspired to write the play in response to events that were going on in America at the time. Many people including Arthur Miller were accused of being in the Communist Party, and were told to give names of other Communist. Arthur Miller compared these events to those of the Salem Witch Trials, and he wrote The Crucible with that as the underlying theme. The play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, is not only a dramatization of witchcraft, but also shows through many series of events that it’s a mirror of human weakness, hypocrisy, and jealousy. In The Crucible there is many times where the human weakness is shown. The human weakness is shown when all the people in the story that were accused of witchcraft admitted to being a witch or having relationships with the devil instead of being secured and denying the fact that they were not witches. An example of human weakness is the beginning of the play where Tituba was accused of witchcraft by Abigail Williams; she denied it “I don’t compact with no Devil!” (Miller 44). Then Mr. Putman says “This woman must be hanged” (Miller 44). Then Tituba showing her human weakness falls to her knees saying in a terrified voice “No, no don’t hang Tituba! I tell him I don’t desire to work for him, sir” (Miller 44). This is the most commonly used human weakness in The Crucible. Another example is when Abigail notices that by Tituba confessing that she was a witch she now had power to make accusations. So when her human weakness gave in she also confessed “I...
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