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Arthur Millers play The Crucible and William Shakespeares play Macbeth portray witchcraft to showcase the descent of humanity through manipulation of innocent individuals.

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The Portrayal of Witches Witchcraft is a veritable and ill-natured force and the creator has given power to every individual to break free from its deceiving clutch. Thus, Arthur Miller?s play The Crucible and William Shakespeare?s play Macbeth portray witchcraft to showcase the descent of humanity through manipulation of innocent individuals. For instance, witchcraft is depicted as a powerful dark art, with the potential to commit incredible feats. Furthermore the witches use the element of deception to achieve their ill-fated goals, often leading vulnerable individuals astray. Moreover, the witches? victims eventually find their state beyond redemption leading the witches? influential and efficient plans. Therefore, characters fall victim to the witches? power deceptive and influential schemes that lead to the eventual humiliation of human society. To begin with, individuals perceive that witches? posses the power to commit incredible feats, portraying witchcraft as a powerful art. Witchcraft is perceived by many individuals as extremely powerful and potent, capable of great evil. In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is overjoyed with Macbeth?s news concerning the three prophecies. She expresses her thoughts in a swirling tempest. Come, you spirits that tend on moral thoughts, unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe topfull of direst cruelty? ...read more.

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?And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles, to betrays in deepest consequence?(1.3.132-135).Banquo advices Macbeth to remain alert and attempt to discern the true intentions of the witches'. However, with the fulfillment of two prophecies, Macbeth is blinded by ambition and remains oblivious to the witches? deceptive maneuver. Macbeths? gullibility to their deceptive plot results in his obsession with the relentless pursuit of absolute power. He reveals his weakness is not being tempted by the witches? prophecies to commit sins in his pursuit to achieve his newly desired goals. Francis Nurse explains his theory to Danforth, in desperate attempt to rescue his wife from conviction in The Crucible. ?Excellency, we have proof for your eyes, God forbid you shut them to it. The girls, sir, the girls, are frauds? (Miller 87).Deception plays a key role in the numerous and often unsubstantiated convictions during the Salem witch trials in The Crucible. Francis reveals the girls witchcraft claims were false. The witches? deceptive testimonies convince Danforth of their allegiance to the court and leads to several convictions. ...read more.

Conclusion

?God is dead? (Miller 119).The witches?, Abigail and the girls reinforce their influence over the court proceedings with the defeat of their only opposition. Proctor is aware that their situation is beyond redemption due to Abigail?s newly announced accusations against Mary Warren. The witches? influential and effective plan convinces the court of Proctors guilt and ends any further opposition. ?Conjure me? Why, no, sir, I am entirely myself, I think. Let you ask Susanna Walcott she saw me sewin it in court? (Miller 76). Proctor doubts the existence of God and his doctrines. As a result, characters fall victim to the witches? influential and effective plots, resulting in their condition worsening to the point of no return or beyond redemption. Overall, the portrayal of witchcraft in Arthur Miller?s play The Crucible and William Shakespeare?s play Macbeth is pivotal as it triggers the descent of humanity through the manipulation of innocent individuals. For instance witches are powerful and perform superhuman feats through the practice of dark arts. Furthermore, vulnerable individuals are led astray, as a result of the witches? deceptive schemes. Moreover, the witches? influential and effective plots render their victims? helpless beyond the point of redemption. Evil is often shrouded under a blanket of false promises, thus educing the emergence of one?s dark personality without any hope of salvation. ...read more.

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