Explore the Ways That Intolerance Is Presented in Arthur Miller’s “the Crucible”

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Seventeenth-century Salem was a puritan colony and theocracy, meaning laws are based on religion therefore the church tells people how to behave, but puritanism is so strict and single-minded that there is no room for diversity, leading intolerance to corrupt their society. Intolerance was an action that was a major part of puritan society, and is still encountered in our modern world. Usually, intolerance is often a result of religious expectations and differing opinions. Puritans related everything to God and the Devil, like black or white, so judges, just the same as reverends, ruled and judged with religion. Leaders such as Reverend Hale and Judge Danforth from Salem, led the intolerant accusations of individuals who differed and opposed the beliefs of their religion. Ironically, the puritans settled in America to find freedom and tolerance, when in fact they created the same form of oppressive government. In “The Crucible” Miller presents intolerance throughout the play through the judgement of judge Danforth and his intolerance of anything that deviates him from his mind-set and his narrow-minded, prejudiced and uncaring attitude. In Act three, scene 1, when Danforth is confronted with evidence that proves the accused to be innocent, intolerance is presented through Danforth opinionated, intolerant and arrogant attitude towards Corey, Proctor and Nurse (as he is reluctant to accept the evidence which he feels contradicts the court). Danforth thinks Corey “must understand, [sir] that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it. There will be no road between”, due to the fact that Salem at the time was a theocratic society, we can infer that the religious people in Salem only believe what’s in the bible therefore don’t trust the rest of the world allowing the church to manipulate the laws and the people. The noun “Person” suggests the

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