The Crucible

Sarah DiPietro
Junior English Honors
Monday, November 26
The Crucible

Everyone will have that one moment: The one moment that defines your life. The one moment that can make or break you. How will you react in that split moment? Will you collapse and fall under the peer pressuring surrounding you? Or will you do the right thing and stare into the eyes of death itself, and speak the truth. In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Miller shows that people can do the right thing and speak the truth, or they can be corrupted by the very society that they earn so badly to be accepted by. I believe that Americans should take a stand for their core beliefs even knowing that standing up will jeopardize a family’s security, job or reputation. In order to stand up for the truth, one must be willing to even sacrifice themselves. In the book The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, the greatest example of this is Giles Corey. Giles Corey’s death came in the form of crushing, which is when people stack a lot of heavy rocks and stones and even boulders on top of you. Giles Corey is stoned to death because he won’t give Danforth the names of the people using witch craft. People begged him to talk and to give names. Giles Corey stared death in the eye and said the two most famous words in The Crucible, “more weight (Miller “The Crucible” 186)” Giles Corey was not corrupted by the consequences which surrounded him and the town of Salem day in and day out. Giles Corey stood up for the truth and sacrificed himself for the truth. In order to stand up for the truth, one must be confident in the process. The best example of this is when Hale returns to Salem after leaving Salem to travel to the next town over. Once all the emotions were starting to set in, Reverend Hale started losing more and more control of the town. The emotions and paranoia created a whole new monster, and the monster was the public themselves. Hale came back to lay down the law, and to set things straight. Hale...
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