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The Morality Of Characters In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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In the society that people live in, there are many among whom are despicable and there are also those who have morality. The Crucible is a play that takes place in Massachusetts in the spring of 1962; based on the true story of the Salem Witch trials, where many of the people in the town of Salem turned against each other because of their belief of witchcraft. Since Salem was deeply religious and believed in the words of the Almighty God, most of the people considered witchcraft as evil. Similar to the characters by Miller, his characters reflects on Kohlberg’s stages of development; for example in stage one of development, “We obey authority figures in order to avoid punishment” (Kohlberg), that reflects on the ideals of the people of Salem against their religion which they take very seriously. They must obey God and go to church every Sunday in order to go to Heaven rather than Hell. One character that the author introduces in the play is Abigail Williams, a young teenage girl that once held responsible for the well-being of a group of other innocent and naive girls in Salem but certain unforgivable acts caused her to become a cheater, and a liar. In the play, The Crucible written by Arthur Miller, the most vice character is Abigail Williams because she stole all the money of Reverend Parris, she had a love relationship with John Proctor, and she lied about many things just to get away to protect herself. To begin with, Abigail Williams along with Mercy Lewis stole all the
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