Intoredance And Intolerance In The Crucible By Arthur Miller
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The definition of the word martyr as defined by Merriam-Webster is “a person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a religion.” When many people think of a martyr their first instinct in their mind is not to think of witchcraft and the town of Salem. The play written by Arthur Miller titled “The Crucible” is based on real events that correlate with this definition. “The Crucible” depicts the 1692 Salem Witch Trials that transformed the town of Salem into hysteria. The start of the trials began way before Abigail Williams accused one of the townspeople of witchcraft, but when many girls were caught dancing and singing in the woods. The trials continued for less than a year but over 200 people were accused. With the breakout of hysteria and intolerance the town everyone seemed to turn on eachother. Giles Corey embodied the theme of the play “The Crucible” by being intolerant and going against the others, eventually costing him his life.
To begin, the theme of “The Crucible” is intolerance. To understand this theme you have to know what Intolerance is. Unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behaviors that differ from one’s own is intolerance. The reason supporting why Giles Corey embodies intolerance is because in the play, Giles was a dynamic character. This means that he went through a change throughout the play both physically and emotionally. The change that we see Giles go through is when he becomes intolerant and goes away from what majority of the others within Salem are believing, witchcraft. The argument of the proof that Giles showed his neighbor,Ann Putnam, about the accusation of witchcraft was another example of how he portrayed the theme throughout the play. Another lasting impact that Giles has on the theme of the play is that was intolerant to a large group of Salem townspeople whose main motive for witch accusations was for the dispute over land and wealth within the community. The accusation of Giles and his wife Martha is directly because of that dispute. Not only did the intolerance of the many people within the town caused Giles to change, but unfortunately cost him his wife’s and his own life.
A secondary thought to tie in with Giles and