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Modern Day "Witch Trials" Essay

  • Submitted by: iXschool
  • on December 6, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 391 words

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Crucible/Modern-day Witch Hunt
The “Wenatchee sex ring witch hunt” parallels the witch-hunt of The Crucible because in both cases devout Christians are being unfairly persecuted as a result of unfounded accusations made by teenagers, who are incapable of understanding the ramifications of their accusations.
The most obvious example from The Crucible is when Rebecca nurse, the saintly, angelic character of the play, is accused of witchcraft by guilty teenagers trying to shift the focus of blame away from themselves. In act II Reverend Hale, who is brought to rid the evil from Salem, is troubled about Rebecca’s accusation and that “… if Rebecca Nurse be tainted, then nothing’s left to stop the whole green world from burning” (Miller 67). It is somewhat ironic that Mr. Hale is so concerned and in disbelief of Rebecca being accused yet he let’s her fate “… rest upon the justice of the court” (Miller 67). However, that very court was itself guilty of unjustifiably assuming that the accused were guilty of witchcraft and would sentence them to death unless they admitted to such. Unlike others that have been blamed, Rebecca Nurse would rather hang than to bear false witness against herself and others. Even on the day of Rebecca’s execution she shows no bitterness while someone in her position would be consumed with fear.
Likewise, Robert and Connie Roberson, leaders of a Pentecostal church, are devout Christians that are accused of raping and abusing children. The accuser was the foster daughter of the police officer whom Mr. Roberson had earlier publicly criticized for his “… zeal in making arrests on sensational accusations” (Egan 1). The prosecutors making the accusation had no physical evidence of the crime yet they continued to blame the Roberson’s. In court the jury and the judge recognized that no incriminating evidence was presented and therefore the Robersons were set free. As stated by the Roberson’s lawyer “[the prosecution] overstepped the bounds of...

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