Crucible Essay

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The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, takes place during the 17th century, and is about the Salem Witch trials. Many people were wrongly accused, which ended in death because of some claims made by unaccredited teenage girls. Among those accused, there were members of society who had done nothing but good their entire lives for the community. They were hanged because of the hysteria caused by these girls. Throughout the play the idea of what the value humans placed on one’s life came up. Occurrences like this still happen on a day to day basis in our society. Two major issues in the last 30 years that have to do with these two themes are Amanda Ripley’s article “What Is A Life Worth “ and Kyle Zirpolo’s article “I'm Sorry; A long-delayed apology from one of the accusers in the infamous McMartin Pre-School molestation case.” The first article talks about the value the United States government put on the lives of each person killed in the Terrorist Attacks on 9/11 and the second article talks about a United States court case in which a group of pre-schoolers accused their teachers of molestation; the claims made it to court and sent innocent people to jail based on the claims of the imaginations of pre-school students. The Crucible along with the articles “What Is A Life Worth “and “I'm Sorry; A long-delayed apology from one of the accusers in the notorious McMartin Pre-School molestation case” make valid points, in which they examine the value of life. The attacks on 9/11 were a memory that will forever been enshrined in the minds of all Americans. The fact that a group of people have the courage to go ahead and kill thousands of people instantly. People may see others not even as people and just be able to kill numerous amounts of them. As well as the horror of mass murder, the United States put a price tag on the lives of each individual that passed on that horrid

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