The Crucible Essay

814 WordsJan 31, 20064 Pages
In the play "The Crucible" written by Arthur Miller, the author displays how easily people can make judgments based on their personal beliefs rather than rational and logical reasoning. Miller elucidates throughout the play that truth has no meaning when men believe only what they want to believe. A situation is created where there are factors capable of forcing characters into making assessments based on what they think is right while disregarding the truth. Three characters in Miller's play who abandon the truth because they choose to believe only what they want to believe are Reverend Parris, Reverend John Hale and Judge Danforth. In the opening scene, Reverend Parris is introduced as a very apprehensive character. His daughter lays…show more content…
He proceeds to question the girls with the undoubted assumption of the presence of witchcraft. Hale also believes Tituba, Abigail and the other girls when they accuse others of practicing witchcraft. Later in the play, his thoughts begin to change and he becomes convinced that John Proctor and Mary Warren are telling the truth, and not Abigail. He again makes his judgments based on his beliefs. At first Reverend Hale is sure about his belief that there are witches and feels that he is carrying out the desires of God himself. Yet as the play progresses Hale sees all these innocent people being sentenced and executed. He contemplates whether to listen to Danforth or listen to his own conscience and denounce these measures as unjust and wrong. Hale decides to help out all the people wrongly accused by encouraging them to confess and save themselves from these false proceedings. Finally he overcomes this problem by following the truth he knew in his heart. In the court scene when Mary Warren was accusing the other girls, truth has no meaning when Judge Danforth refuses to believe her. He cross-examines Mary on the claims that the charges of witchery were pretense. He wants to believe what he wants to hear and he tries desperately to make Mary confess that she is speaking with the devil. Moreover, he chooses to believe Abigail "Child [Abigail], I do not mistrust you" (The Crucible, p.

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