The Crucible: The Tragedy At Salem

The people of Salem can hardly be condemned for their actions
during the witch hunts of 1692, as described in the play The Crucible, for
they were merely products of their time. This is shown through an
examination of the theocratic society in which they lived, the patriarchal
snobbery they exhibited toward each other, their lack of medical technology
and in depth knowledge of disease and of an analysis of the fear they
displayed of the unknown. This is important as it shows that the Salemites
were not entirely evil people, for they were only reacting to a situation
in the only suitable manner they knew. Studying the actions of the
Salemites during this period can ensure that history ...

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unable to keep these two characteristics in check at the time of the
witch hunt. This resulted in the witch hunts becoming "a perverse
manifestation of the panic which set in among all classes when the balance
began to turn toward greater individual freedom"(Miller 7). Their
theocracy allowed for no expression of individuality, lest the individual,
in short, ask for public condemnation. The theocracy of the Salem society
at the time was an enormous factor to the conditions surrounding the witch
The Salemites exhibited patriarchal snobbery toward each others and
those who were different. "Their church found it necessary to deny any
other sect its freedom, lest their New Jerusalem be defiled and corrupted
by wrong ways and deceitful ideas."(Miller 5). As Puritans, felt they were
superior to any other sect, including the Indians. They had attempted to
convert the Indians, but had failed miserably. Then, the girls were seen
dancing in the forest, a place regarded as "the ...

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