The Crucible

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Anthony Rodriguez
Mr. Milliken
English
Jun.17.12

THE CRUCIBLE
Why does guilt hold from telling the truth? In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, in the early year of 1962 in the small Massachusetts village of Salem, many innocent people in the play were hanged during the Salem witch trials. Of course, there are many people that may be blamed. Many problems arise that deal with jealousy, hypocrisy, and hysteria. One may find Abigail Williams, The Putnams, and Mary Warren to blame. Abigail was manipulative, The Putnams were very jealous, and Mary Warren was weak-will. Society can be destroyed by powerful forces of jealousy, hypocrisy and hysteria. Jealousy can lead you to do terrible things. Jealousy played a big role in who was to blame for the deaths in Salem. The Putnams were a small family, they had seven out of eight children and none survived but one. Mrs. Putnam was a very jealous person when it came to families, and Mr. Putnam was a very jealous person when it came to land. She Told Rebecca “You think it Gods work you should never lose a child nor grandchild either, and I burry all but one? There are wheels within wheels in this village, and fires within fires!”… Goody Putnam wanted more children and was jealous of Rebecca Nurse and her large family, so she blamed her for witchcraft . Mr. Putnam wanted more and more land and was very greedy. He accused many people of witchcraft, and once they were hanged, he would buy their land. Mental weakness is as much to blame for these deaths as much as jealousy and manipulation. People will lie to save their reputations. One character that seemed to fall into the social trap of hypocrisy is Judge Danforth. When questioning Mary Warren about her sudden decision to tell the truth, Danforth ridicules Mary when saying, "How were you instructed in your life? Do you not know that God damns all liars?" The Judge sees himself as part of the "elect"...
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