Fear is the Path to the Dark Side in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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In the playwrite The Crucible, Arthur Miller shows how ordinary people can become diabolical by purging the truth and scapegoating innocent people. The citizens of Salem belong to a very strict religious group called the Puritans. The Puritans believed in a simple life and did not party, dance or celebrate. In the beginning of the story John Proctor, the main protagonist, has an affair with Abigail. Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor’s wife, eventually finds out and banishes Abigail, the main antagonist, from her house. Abigail fears that John Proctor will forget her as long as Elizabeth is still in his life. This fear drives her to ask Tituba, a Barbatos slave, to perform a ritual that would make John love her once again. Many of…show more content…
This mentality causes the citizens of Salem to concentrate on not doing wrong, instead of trying to do right. This causes them to live in constant fear of falling into one of the Dark Side’s many sirens. Soon Abigail gets what she wants and Elizabeth Proctor is convicted. In his outrage, Proctor makes a testament, signed by ninety-one people, that states that several of the accused are innocent. He continues and declares there is no witchcraft and that Abigail and the girls are lying. This simple petition is instantly seen as an attack and all people on the list are arrested. After Proctor admits he is scared for his comrades Parris remarks “All innocent and Christian people are happy for the courts in Salem!” (94) Puritans had full belief that God will tell them whether someone is innocent or not. So if a judge says something is true, then that means the God says it is true and everybody is supposed to undoubtedly believe it. This idea allowed a single girl’s fear, control a single judge, who put four hundred people in jail with eighty more sentenced to death. To them “Theology is a fortress; no crack in a fortress may be accounted small”(64) Hale is saying that the Theology of Salem is incredibly infectious and a single bad idea can corrupt their entire community; just as a single flaw can cause an entire building to collapse on

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