The Role Of Religion In The Crucible And Year Of Wonders

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The varied nature of human beings and of the crisis’ that can befall us are varied, yet often we find that reactions to perilous situations are time and time again met with similar reactions. Authors Arthur Miller and Geraldine Brooks attempt to study and comment upon the way different humans react to different crisis’ in their works: the play ‘The Crucible’ and novel ‘Year of Wonders’ respectively. Both texts explore the ideas of hysteria and look at the ways in which it can be exacerbated or soothed by such things as religion and superstitions, the theory of herd mentality and the effect of an isolated community. They also communicate how certain styles of text or the behaviour and character growth of individuals can have a profound impact upon the view of human behaviour.

Both Arthur Miller and Geraldine Brooks use the texts to explore and ultimately condemn the role of religion in a changing society. The climactic events in The Crucible and Year of Wonders involve religion playing a large part in advancing the crisis and enhancing the severity of the consequences. In The Crucible the protestant views shared by the town of Salem are criticized by Miller as the townspeople fail to make a distinction between church and state. Their theocratic society is the cause for much of the unhappiness in the play, beginning with its restrictive rules which guide the people of Salem that cause first the desire to rebel from the young girls who go dancing in the forest, then the

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