Analysis Of ' The Crucible '

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Themes

A theme in The Crucible is that a society ruled by theocracy and status based on religion is bound to fall apart. Salem 's strict adherence to the Christian shurch is evident in everything the citizens do. They use measures of a person 's knowledge and adherence to the religion as a means of judging their character and also their status in society. They believe "God [was] provoked so grandly by such a petty cause" (121), which is why the "jails are packed" (121). If the citizen did anything to make God angry, they were punished. This is why the judges were so relentless and naïve in putting the accused women to trial and convicting them. They believed "the law, based upon the Bible, and the Bible, writ by the Almighty God, forbid the practice of witchcraft, and...death [was] the penalty" (158). This belief fueled the fire for town officials to kill their own citizens on false accusations, and contributed to the destruction of the Salem society.

Another theme is that people will lie and wrongly accuse others for their own benefit. As the main antagonist and villain of the play, Abigail Williams motive for starting the accusations is to clear her name for performing witchcraft and to have Elizabeth Proctor killed or arrested. People noticed that "it 's strange work for a Christian girl to hang old women" (122), but amidst the rising chaos, people only cared about clearing their own name. Tituba also accused others to avoid being arrested, because Hale demanded…

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