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Crucible Essay

  • Submitted by: itnurndau
  • on December 21, 2009
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 804 words

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Many people in the past have been accused of starting, or carrying out tragic events. However, these people who have been accused of a crime are in fact innocent. In the play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, the town of Salem Massachusetts in 1692, went wild with hysteria, mass chaos caused by fear. The town was overrun with false accusations of witchcraft, and many paid with their lives. Reverend Hale, a man a man from out of town, who was brought in to try to help the situation, was been falsely accused of causing the hysteria. He is in fact innocent of any accusation on him because he was only doing his job that he was brought into Salem to do. He was truthful with the townspeople stating he would tell them if he did not find anything suspicious. He sacrifices himself by going against the Puritan belief by sinning to try to save others lives.
Hale cannot be blamed for the horrific incidents that occurred in Salem. Parris, a self-centered greedy minister, called upon Reverend Hale to search the town for any signs of the devil when accusations of witchcraft flooded the town. Hale considered himself an expert on witchcraft, so he strongly believed in his ability to seek out the devil in Salem. He told the people of Salem that he may find nothing at all, and if that was the case they must believe him. Hale states, “I must tell you all that I shall not precede unless you are prepared to believe me if I should find no bruise of hell upon her” (Miller, 38). This quote is extremely important in the end of the play because he tells the people there is no devil in Salem, yet they do not believe it. He was brought in to the town of Salem to examine the presence of the devil, but the town cut down his analysis, which in turn, leads to the hysteria.
Another reason Hale is completely innocent of causing these tragedies in Salem was because he had every intention of helping the town in any way he could. Hysteria had already started to take its part on the townspeople, so...

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