Judgment and Non-Conformity

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In many ways, fear is powerful throughout life within society. This also holds true to The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Martin Luther King's "Letter From a Birmingham Jail", and American society today. Fear can be used to control peoples' actions and emotions in almost any situation. The fear of judgment from other people and the fear of non-conformists is very prominent in "Letter From a Birmingham Jail", The Crucible, and in modern American society. Judgment is something that is widely feared by people who are alike and different. In the time period of The Crucible, the 1690's, people often talked of the comparison between the judgment of society and the judgment of God, mortal versus eternal. Hale states, "I beg you, woman, prevail upon your husband to confess. Let him give his lie. Quail not before God's judgment in this, for it may well be God damns a liar less than he that throws his life away for pride." This says that it is better to be an honest person under God's eyes than to live a liar, being ruthlessly judged by one's peers. This plays an important role, because most of these people are terrified of being judged and rejected, which is what causes such things as blaming others for one's own faults, to happen often. Judgment played an extremely prominent role in great times of segregation, such as the 1960's. In Martin Luther King's letter to the clergymen, he writes, "But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century." This shows that not only is there a fear of God's judgment upon the church, but as time goes on and the church is "dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning," the fear of social judgment
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