The Crucible 2


Back in the 1950's, when insecurity permeated the air, and people were ruled by fear, Arthur Miller wrote a play, which defined the line between insecurity and fear. The Crucible was a remade story of the carnal Salem Witch trials, in which many innocent victims lost their lives. Through this play Miller is trying to convey the message that death is not in our possession; we are not messengers of God. Only God decrees those who are to die, because God is in heaven and we are on Earth and we cannot read his will. Despite this fact, those harsh souls in The Crucible believe that the courts are messengers of God and their decisions are divine. In many cases such as that of the Salem ...

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"Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part; reprieve or pardon must cast doubt upon the guilt of them that died till now." (Miller, P.124) He also follows through in his position of power in admitting he was just in his actions of punishment, "While I speak God's law, I will not crack its voice with whimpering." (Miller, P124) Judge Danforth backs up his cause with a biblical reference demonstrating his utter belief in his cause, "Mr. Hale, as God have not empowered me like Joshua to stop this sun from rising, so I cannot withhold them from the perfection of their punishment." (Miller, P125)
Others, not leaders in the hierarchy, like Reverend Hale, must take a different stance to the posed question. Being more spiritual than he is political, he takes the position that we are not messengers of God, for he has seen what power and political stance do to one, even though he originally sided with Danforth on the matter. Even after Danforth's rebuke, he still is able to muster ...

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the painful knowledge that has informed the great religions, knowledge incidentally that the Puritans always kept before them, the knowledge that all of us are capable of evil." He continues, "The glory of human dignity is that any man may show it. The tragedy is that we are all equally capable of denying it." Morgan seems to be saying a syllogism of the sort: All men are capable of evil; Messengers of God, according to Puritan belief, are incapable of evil; therefore, men are not messengers of God. It seems as though Morgan sides with Elizabeth Proctor and Reverend Hale in this respect, that messengers of God are incapable of evil, but one detail was overlooked. In Puritan ...

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