The Crucible Morality

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The Crucible Morality Essay
The Crucible begins with all the towns people accusing each other of being in allegiance with the devil, an action that society considers worthy of hanging. To save themselves from hanging, one could confess to the charge and accuse others of frolicking with the devil, or cone could hang to refrain from lying and violating one’s principles. When the court prompts John to confess, he pleads guilty to his own “crime”, however when they ask him to report others, he refuses. It is unknown at this point whether John believes it is right of wrong to not confess, however he publicly announces that he will not accuse others because people “think to go like saints. I like not to spoil their names” (Miller 130).  He thinks people, who plead innocent and will not lie to save their lives, die like saints. Rebecca Nurse is charged for witch craft. John thinks that those like her will do what she will because even she will die like a saint. After John Proctor orally confesses to the charge, the court asks him to sign a paper for proof.  They tell him it is a necessity for it to be signed for his confession, in order to set an example for others not to deal with the Devil. However, never has an accused person been asked to sign a confession which will later become public for everyone to see. The court explains to John to sign it already if he wishes to live after sunrise. John reacts exclaiming there is a huge difference between the two and “what others say and what I sign to is not the same!” (Miller 132). Procter sets with the thought that when one orally confesses, the effects entirely differ than when a signed confession is put up publicly. When people talk about it, each will change the story, because of hearing it differently. Proof will always live, while gossip dies. In addition, because the story will keep changing perhaps if he chooses not to sign it, and that would be allowed, then his family’s reputation would not be as disgraced. ...
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