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The Crucible Essay

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  • on November 14, 2010
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The Crucible
A’Olyian Lindsey
2ND Block

Those who are self-reliant, honorable, sincere, and dignified will do all they can in order to keep up their precious self image.   Yet it takes a noble man to acknowledge their wrong doings.   In The Crucible by Arthur Miller the town of Salem, Massachusetts is in total chaos over lie caused by a group of teenage girls.   Reverend Hale, an expert in demonology comes to town to stop the hysteria.   He later finds himself fighting a battle between what is right and his morals and beliefs.   He believes in the end that there is no principal worth taking lives, and he fights for justice for the people of Salem.  
Reverend Hale’s faith and his beliefs somewhat divide him as an individual.   Hale is called to Salem to diagnose witchcraft if it is present. Hale’s good intentions and sincere desire to help the afflicted motivate him in the beginning.
In fact when he arrives in Salem the amount of evidence of witchcraft overwhelms him.   Although hale remains determined not to declare witchcraft unless he can prove it, the expectations of the people of Salem sweep him up.   As a result he takes their evidence at face value, rather than investigating it himself.   Unforchantly, Hale is also vulnerable.   His zeal for discovering witchcraft allows others particularly Abigail, to manipulate him.
In addition this leads to 19 innocent people being hung.   Tituba (Parris’s black slave) accuses Sarah Good and Goody Osbourne of witchcraft after Hale interrogates her and forces her to tell him who she has sent under the Devil’s influence: “…Tituba, you are chosen to help cleanse our village.   So speak utterly, Tituba, turn you’re back on him [the Devil] and face God…” (1262)   Hale initiates the hysteria of the accusations in Salem with the pressure he puts on Tituba to give him names (he had also threatened to whip her to death).   In finding the root of the evil he continued to make seemingly impressive accusations and fulfill his...

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