The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, is a story where many people had been accused of witchcraft and a lot of innocent victims faced a difficult decision. They could either confess to being guilty and is punished and put into jail or deny any relationship with the devil and be hanged and killed. The Crucible 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.
This story illustrates a lot of human weaknesses that can hurt others. The human weakness is shown when all the characters in the story that were accused of witchcraft admitted to being a witch to get out of being hanged. The first person to confess to working with the devil was Tituba, Reverend Parris’ black slave from Barbados, when she was accused by Abigail Williams. At first, she denied it until she was threatened to be hanged by Reverend Parris and Thomas Putnam. John Proctor also showed human weakness when he committed lechery against his wife with Abigail. He tries to ask Elizabeth for forgiveness when he hasn’t accepted himself as a sinner. Abigail and the girls were blaming and accusing other people of witchcraft because they didn’t want to get in trouble.
In The Crucible, the theme of hypocrisy occurred most in Judge Danforth, Reverend Parris, and Mary Warren. Danforth thought that he was being considerate in deciding what is right, but was ignoring the fact that his decisions only caused unnecessary deaths. His pride caused him to not realize his hypocritical accusations. Reverend Parris was hypocritical because when his niece, Betty, was not moving, he quickly explained that it was because she was in shock. He doesn’t want anyone from his family to be connected with witchcraft because of his pride. Mary Warren was a follower who lied about everything to not get in trouble. She realizes that if she did not pretend to be possessed, she would get in trouble and possibly be hanged.
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