Comparing The Sense Of Authority In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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The Sense of authority implied in “The Crucible” always implies authority without inner sanction, with a persistent hint of skepticism. Note Proctor’s struggle against the theocracy’s repressive, irrational and destructive use of authority. Reverend Samuel Parris – gives the impression of having a grasping form of materialism, hypocritically concealed behind a façade of piety and religiosity, while not fulfilling the actual spiritual needs of the congregation at the present. This is evident in the way John Proctor can “see no light of God” in Parris. Danforth and Hathorne – were convinced that since their cause is right and just (the destruction of the works of Satan) – any
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