The Crucible- There Is Always More Than One Side to Any Conflict

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There is always more than one side to any conflict

Conflict is defined as the juxtaposition of two or more opposing views. Contrast must occur, as it is through conflict that we expand our view of the world, and allows us to create our moral character. The schism of ideology is parallel in Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ epitomizing the dehumanization of man and the notion that “the world is still gripped between two diametrically opposed absolutes.” Conflict is composed of a disagreement in outlook. Be it oppression through a junta, or the human will to fight for truth and righteousness, conflict will remain ever present in our society.

Throughout our social milieu, human beings strive to create peace, regardless of the incapability to do so. However, dominance supersedes the ability to eliminate conflict. It is through autocracy where individuals attempt to oppose the leadership, resulting in a multiple of beliefs and varied ideas, causing conflict. Theocracy was formed in Salem “to prevent any kind of disunity” consequently resulting in rebellion, creating two sides of conflict. Due to the common desire to express free will, antagonism was evident. The need for “a two man patrol” exemplifies the fact that with an attempt to control, comes mutiny. Likewise, the McCarthy trials in the 1950s, attempted to rebel against the communist ideology, denunciating countless individuals. In an attempt to resolve conflict, the accused were forced to supplant their names at the expense of others. Evidently, it is a common tendency to inflict blame on others, thus rather than eradicating conflict, creating more sides to the problem. Scapegoats are used to formulate excuses, putting others to blame, and replacing themselves in the eye of conflict. This occurs as humans refuse to accept themselves as imperfect, resulting in another to justify for their fault. In doing so, conflict remains, with a multitude of sects always remaining steadfast.

Human tendency to align...
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