Topics: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Daniel Day-Lewis Pages: 1 (459 words) Published: May 2, 2013
Have you ever thought about how the Puritans' belief system works? Well their belief is to put God as first priority and they were very religious. However, having read Jonathan Edwards’ sermon 'Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God' and Arthur Miller's play 'The Crucible' have my views on Puritan beliefs changed. Arthur Miller's play changed my views of Puritan beliefs from the sermon by Jonathan Edward's; through everyone having to be pure for God, going to church will not help if you sinned, and all sins must be confessed openly. To start off, Edward's sermon led me to the conclusion that everyone had to be pure to be accepted by God. Quoted from the sermon; '...to a state of new, and before altogether unexperienced light and life, are in the hands of an angry God.' That quote leads me to believe that God wants all men to be pure in old or new form. Miller's play changed by opinion since apparently the characters were all accepted by God, yet they've sinned. For example, from 'The Crucible'; Elizabeth finds out that John Proctor had an affair with Abigail and instead of telling it to God or openly confess, they hid it from everyone. It goes to show that even though they know God is watching, they still hide the fact that they sinned. Knowing this leads me to beileve that God wants all men and women to be clean in mind and body. In addition, the sermon led me to believe that of you sinned, going to church wouldn't help. In The Crucible; Rebecca Nurse was very religious, yet she was still hung in the end. So learning this shows me that this is semi true. It shows you that God will punish all those who sin in his name. Yet that's not all in Puritan beliefs. Furthermore, the sermon lead me to see that all sins must be openly confessed. If not, you'd be sent down to hell without a second chance. The Crucible gave little hints on this topic. For example, John Proctor had to confess to let him and everyone go who were accused. But he doesn't sign the...
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