Power In The Crucible

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‘The Crucible’ is a play that demonstrated the human abuse of power and ability to manipulate weakness to achieve their own goals. Throughout the play, the church, the court, and citizens abuse power. Power is rooted by greed, and to receive their desires the people of Salem accuse and allow innocent people to be convicted, tried, and killed. Salem was a very religious town, and because of this their court of law had a foundation from the bible and made no exceptions besides that. “This is a court of law. The law is based upon the bible” Said Danforth (56). The court used God as an excuse to rectify his or her fears, so when the accused were tried in the court, no one was ever innocent. The accused either denied being a witch and were hung,…show more content…
Reverend Parris is a priest who is supposed to preach about the good will of God, but Reverend Parris abuses his power by preaching instead about “golden candlesticks” and pensioning the townspeople to give him more salary, give him the deed to his house, and to do so he was willing to kill innocents. “And yet silent, minister? It is fraud you know it is fraud! What keeps you man? Said Giles (78). The reverend accepted the accused as guilty to keep the towns people happy and on his side. He allowed the non-guilty to be hung, and out of that he got land, money, and respect from the towns people. Matthew 22:37-40, “And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” That verse tells us that we should act the way God would if he still walked the earth to this day, and in ‘The Crucible’, The church has been practicing a false statement of God—God is a forgiving God, But the reverend is doing the opposite and instead of giving the accused a second chance, he sentences them to

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