Moral Conflict in the The Crucible Essay examples

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Moral Conflict in the The Crucible Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, is a great portrayal of humans and their struggles. This play takes place in the 1690’s in Salem, a small Puritan community based on a rigid social system, where an outbreak of rumors claiming witchcraft contaminated the small village. The witch hysteria was initiated by a group of young girls (headed by Abigail Williams,) who were afraid of being accused of swaying from the strict regulations. This caused conflict among the people of the community and ultimately resulted in absolute chaos. I am going to write about three of the main characters, Reverend Hale, John Proctor and Mary Warren, who have some of the most intense internal and…show more content…
Here begins the Reverend’s inner turmoil. With scrutiny, he looks at himself and tries to figure out which way to go. Should he continue with what he is doing and listen to Judge Danforth or should he listen to his conscience? He does try a feeble attempt to talk to Danforth and explain how the unjust the court actions are, but again, his inner struggle pulls him back to a more moderate stand. Hale then decides to persuade the wrongly accused to confess witchcraft. At least this will save them from death by hanging. He preaches perjury to the people, even though this is also against their religion. Hale’s principles were ridden with guilt and sadness because of his struggle with himself. Not only does Hale question himself, and Danforth, but he questions his religion. Near the end of Act IV, Hale tells Elizabeth that following religion is not worth it if religion can justify the death of so many innocent people without credible evidence. This is the ultimate reproach, and Hale ends up leaving after the hangings, with the weight of 19 innocent people (including the good names of Rebecca Nurse, Martha Corey and John Proctor,) dead, which rests somewhat on his shoulders. John Proctor a farmer and village commoner is similarly faced with an inner turmoil. He, as well as Giles Corey and Rebecca Nurse became very prominent people and were respected in Salem. Because of his role in the
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