How Does Miller Present "Authority" in the Play "The Crucible"? Essay

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"The Crucible" presents the court as the main figure of authority and their concept of theocracy is the key concept that drives Salem and what the society is constrained to. This pressurising authority creates repression among the civilians. Other figures of authority such as Reverend Parris and John Proctor are also displayed as abusive, displaying the corruption power can bring. The centre of authority is ultimately the court, as they are fundamentally the ones who distinguish between life and death of those accused in Salem, as Danforth makes the decision that "there will be no postponement" of the hangings. This ultimately displays the court as being the judge of whether someone should live or not, which is ironic considering they are worshipping a God who is known to be the judge of all, and yet the court are taking His power into their hands. This conveys their true intentions as figures of authority, which is not to worship God, but instead not to appear "weak", and to remain a superior figure to everyone else, as this is what brings power in Salem. Another contrast in the court's authority is the way in which they're constantly seeking for "the truth" and yet, in reality when they're given it, (John telling them Abigail is "a whore") they refuse to accept and believe him, as this would go against their previous belief of the girls. This displays that authority in Salem isn't used with good intentions or purpose, but instead as a symbolic superiority over everybody else. The court authority is also symbolised as a hellish place, with Miller referring to it as "hot fire" that "melts down all concealment". Proctor also compares it to "the fires of hell". This portrays the authority in Salem as something to be feared and involves the connotations associating the court with fire, suggesting it's something which shouldn't be touched or interfered with. In
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