The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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“I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!” (Miller 45). In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, residents of Salem habitually ‘cry witch’, driven by dismay, suspicion, and retribution. Under a strict theocracy, where the court’s ruling and religious beliefs are exclusively bound to one another, death is practically inevitable for those branded as witches, their names perpetually tarnished. From atop his high horse, one may look upon The Crucible and harshly judge the irrational actions of Salem’s community; however, human emotion drove these injudicious acts, the very raw emotion that often overpowers logic in today’s society. Though theocracy has dissolved in America, one can never rid the world of blind emotions or the mishaps that may follow them. Currently, dismay, suspicion, and retribution drive racial profiling in society, inciting scores of people to ‘cry terrorist’. Unjustified displays of racism, witnessed in the persecution of Muslims as result of the 9/11 and Paris attacks, verify that society today mirrors that of The Crucible’s in unfortunate ways.
Immediately after the first child ‘cried witch’ Salem was doomed. Neighbor turned on neighbor, wild accusations were falsified, and innocent people were killed. One may ask how such atrocities were committed, for in today’s society, such heinous acts could never occur. Wrong. These infamous acts were driven by human nature, which will never cease to exist.…

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