Depiction Of Guilt In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)
By definition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary, crucible is a situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new. In the play The Crucible, Arthur Miller writes about John Proctor and the trials him, his wife, and the rest of the town have to endure. There is a great significance to the title of the play from themes and events that take place. Things like the thought process of, “One is guilty until confession of guilt,” and this extremely religious part of history. In the play The Crucible, there is a great thematic significance that Arthur Miller has …show more content…

The origin of the word crucible comes from the Latin word, cruz, meaning cross. This has major significance to the meaning and storyline of the play. At this point in history, the Puritans were freshly sailed across the Atlantic to the newly founded colonies, but were still very much loyal to the Church of England. In a short answer, they were very very, strictly religious. In the play, the Reverends Hale and Parris, both often reference the Bible, when trying to get people to confess. After realizing this, people begin to confess in God’s name, to save their own lives. Tituba for instance confesses in Act 1, in fear of her life after Reverend Hale has seemingly brainwashed her. “I want the light of God-” she says. “I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him; I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand.” This in a personal opinion, correlates to the origin of the word crucible in an outstanding way. The verses, Acts 3:19 , “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” and Matthew 1:21, “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins,” are proof of the significance of the origin cruz. The Puritans believed that to cast out Satan, they must repent and confess to God. God says that the only way to know Him is through his Son, who died on the cross, so humanity may repent and get to know the

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