Sinning For The Right Reasons
Everyday, good people do bad things because they think it is the right thing to do. Sometimes religion is the cause, other times it is secular pressures. What happens if these ‘bad things’ people are doing are only bad according to their religion? And what if these ‘bad things’ really are understandable and rational but because of your biased religious surroundings are they considered bad? Arthur Miller’s The Crucible illustrates this concept vividly using the 1982 Salem Witch Trials. During The Crucible, people are accused of an act they did not commit and have to go against their religion and sin or face being hanged which leads to mass hysteria and paranoia. Even though Reverend Hale sins according to the Puritan religion, he is still a good man. Hale has everyone’s best interest at heart, is a rational and humble person and does the right thing no matter how sinful his actions are.
Hale is asked to come to Salem because Parris wants Hale to find all sources of witchcraft and turn Salem back into a godly and sacred town. When Hale first arrives, he enters carrying many books that he claims are “weighted with authority”, insinuating at his higher power over the rest of the men in this scene (Miller 36). Everyone knows what a great man Hale is, and he tries to help Salem as best as he can, but he warns Mr. Putnam and Parris that if he can not find any indication of witchcraft, that they must believe him and drop the accusations (Miller 38). This is a great example of how Hale is only trying to help Salem and do the best he can to put an end to their madness. In Act three, Hale comes to realization that witches are not prominent in Salem and in turn quits the court, rebelling against the wrong doings of Salem and even greater, the Puritan religion. Hale’s pure intentions of uprightness are shown in John Ferres words “Hale, want no part of mystery when a man is on trial for his life” (CLC.26.28). Once Hale sees how ridiculous...
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