Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" Essay

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"Once again we were looking almost completely outside ourselves for salvation from ourselves; in the absolutely right and necessary rebellion was only a speck of room for worrying about personal ethics and our own egotism." In this quote, Miller is describing a state in which society looks beyond what is present in order to attain salvation, or deliverance. The people no longer worry about themselves because they are too fixated upon the rebellion, or uprising, which is taking place in their own society. In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, the town of Salem goes into hysterics with the outbreak of witchery. Each member of the society is so worried about who is a witch, who is with the devil, ...view middle of the document...

There is too much evidence to deny it" (64). Knowing that the devil was among the people of Salem was only as good as the ones who believed it. It was a fact that Lucifer manifested himself in the children because the society believed so intensely that it was possible. What they did not know was that it was changing them little by little."Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods...Thou shalt honor thy mother and father" (67). Having common courtesy and respect for neighbors, parents, or even children is too often taken for granted. Being "unable to accept the most common experience of humanity" meant that the townspeople turned against one another. The lacked love, emotion, and affection for one another. Parents, who once loved their children, lost sensitivity and consideration. Once amorous and devoted parents were now selfishly using their children for their own advantage. After being accused of sending her spirit to stab Abigail Williams, Elizabeth Proctor shouts: "Why --! This girl is murder! She must be ripped out of the world!" (76). She is shocked after Abigail Williams charges her with stabbing a poppet and sticking a needle into her belly. After the poppet is found in the Proctor house, it is immediately assumed that Elizabeth is responsible for the occurrence. John Proctor breaks out in a rage and shouts, "Why do you never wonder if Parris be innocent, or Abigail? Is the accuser always holy now?...but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!" (77).When the accused girls are in the court with Proctor and the authorities, the entire court goes into pandemonium. Abigail Williams, the instigator of these chaotic outbreaks, in order to save her name and acquit herself of any charges put forth, announces: "Oh, Mary, this is a black art to change your shape. No, I cannot, I cannot stop my mouth; it's God's work I do" (115). The girls accuse Mary Warren of being a witch....

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