The Role Of Sorcery In The Crucible

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Austin Meyer R10286217 The Crucible In 1692, the Puritans believed in the supernatural power of witchcraft and that the devil is responsible if anything bad happens. This belief in sorcery plays a very important role in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and sets the tone for how the play progresses. In the small Massachusetts town of Salem, religion is viewed as law and anything that goes against the bible is considered a dreadful sin. During this time, a person’s name meant everything to their honor and respect from others. An easy accusation of one’s name could tarnish their reputation and ruin their career. This happens to many citizens in Salem when they are charged with the involvement of witchcraft and do not wish to confess to such an outrageous allegation in honor of their good name. The Crucible is a perfect depiction in how intolerance and paranoia of the supernatural can tear a community apart. The devil and sorcery is used as a scapegoat to cover up ones personal mistakes and bad coincidences. If there is something wrong with the plants or the animals keep dying, it must be the work of black magic. In Act II of the play, Martha Corey sells…show more content…
The play ends in bad terms with no direct resolution other than killing off all who confessed. A court should know the problem's true definition, have clear reasoning, possess few mistakes, and ultimately achieve a fair and proper outcome in order to go beyond a simple understanding of the Salem witchcraft trials. The general outline of events in The Crucible corresponds to what happened in Salem of 1692, but Miller’s characters are often composites. John Proctor didn’t want his name tainted for adultery but ultimately used it to free his wife. He finally finds his moral center at the end of the play and is willing to die for his belief. The Crucible was a great play that does a fantastic job in depicting Salem in
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