The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Abraham Lincoln once said: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man 's character, give him power.” In Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, the issue of authority is emphasized; many characters seek to unfold the truth behind the justice system, when faced with wrongdoings and immoral behavior. For example, during the Salem witch trials individuals try to challenge the men in power when they see authority being abused, in favour of having an honest justice system. When testing the power of authority, some may face injustice and be forced into unlawful activities. Authority figures have the power to provoke individuals from showing evidence during a trial and they can continue on with court procedures, even if the majority of the population disagrees. When authority figures refuse to listen to others in order to maintain order, others must speak up and challenge the justice system to stay true to themselves.
The Crucible portrays a world of injustice; the men in power undermine the beliefs of others for the benefit of society. In the play Judge Danforth is a key figure of authority, he misuses his power by not listening to Proctor, in hope of maintaining order. Proctor questions Danforth’s judgement, after his wife was charged with witchcraft. John Proctor, a local farmer was hoping to persuade Danforth and tell him the truth behind the girl’s lies by challenging the court. Danforth reminds Proctor that the accusation is extremely questionable, if…

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