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Essay on The Crucible and the West Memphis Three

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Revenge, the abuse of authority and the desire for power are all present in both Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible and the case regarding the West Memphis Three. To understand the connection you need to know something about the case. Three young boys were murdered on May 5, 1993 (Leveritt 5). They were stripped of their clothing, their hands were bound and they were forced underwater in the nearby creek where they stayed until they were found the next day. Little evidence was collected the day of their discovery, what was recovered was mislabeled and handled incorrectly. The boys were laying in the open elements for 3 hours before they saw any kind of medical examiner (Leveritt 23). Later, three teenagers (Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin…show more content…
(117 book) Numerous celebrities sought the freedom of the “West Memphis Three” as they came to be called after their imprisonment (Robertson 1). These celebrities were putting their face out there by attaching it to a cause. This is advertisement for them. This exploitation of events to gain power was also present in Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible. Taking place in 1692, a time when religion was everything and the town preacher was authority, people were forced into the mundane, agricultural centered lives that had been handed to them by the previous generation (Miller 3). Children were “young adults” and seen as “thankful for being permitted to walk straight” (Miller 4). It was a small town they lived in and very few people were literate. Any information they came across was given to them by gossiping townsfolk or the preacher, Reverend Parris. Revered Parris uses the power that was handed to him to give himself a better name in politics. The witch craze provided the perfect moment to do so. He helped head the committee that determined the innocence of those convicted. By doing so he hopes to create a reputation for himself in politics. He also supports anything the judge Danforth says, calling him “sir” and “Your Excellency” (Miller 88). This brown nosing and condemnation of others, “Beware this man... this man is mischief” (to Proctor), is to keep the searchlight off himself and sustain his
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