The Crucible Theme of Religion Essay

731 Words Sep 29th, 2013 3 Pages
In The Crucible, Arthur Miller uses themes to display thoughts throughout the book. The theme that seems to be the center point of the story is religion. Religion is on the character’s minds with every action they do. When something goes wrong in the town, religion is sought out as a cause. When the witch trials begin, the devil is supposed to be the source of the troubles. Arthur Miller vividly uses religion to show the readers how important religion is to the people of Salem.
At the start of The Crucible, we find Reverend Parris praying. Arthur Miller automatically shows us religion is important. “Reverend Parris is discovered kneeling beside the bed, evidently in prayer.” When the people of Salem realize something is wrong with Betty
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“Theology, sir is a fortress may not be accounted small.” Arthur Miller uses religion to display the lives of the people in Salem throughout Act 3.
In Act 3, the theme of religion has a different meaning than before. Now, the theme of religion is used in a manipulative way so the people can get what they want. Abigail and the rest of the girls are using Mary Warren because she has turned against them. Abigail pretends Mary is a yellow bird and is taking over their spirits. “Draw back your spirit out of them!” As soon as Abigail and the girls blame Mary for witchcraft Danforth believes them and starts to accuse Mary. “You have seen the Devil, you have made compact with Lucifer, have you not?” Mary Warren responds to the accusations with turning against Proctor. She completely disregards the pact they have made in order to save herself. “I’ll not hang with you! I love God, I love God.” In Act 4, Arthur Miller uses religion to test the characters.
In Act 4, the characters would either hold on to their religion and beliefs or give in to save themselves. John Proctor is the character who does not want to give in however he does not want to die. He wants to have a compromise but the authority will not let him do so. “It is no part of salvation, that you should use me!” Rebecca Nurse is another character who has the choice to confess but she does not give in. “Another judgment waits us all!”