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GCSE English Coursework: The Crucible

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The Crucible. Arthur Miller, 'The Crucible' is a play based upon the events of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The story is about a religiously motivated town. The story is about a group of girls' who are led by Abigail, who blamed witchcraft for their troubles. Being a strict Christian society the people of Salem believed in the girl's stories. In conclusion this led into 20 people being falsely accused, and hung. The girl's stories were easy to believe because of many reasons. Salem town was filled in a Puritanism belief. Everything they did was for God; they were doing God's work. With this they believed that the bible was the ultimate answer to any question. When something went wrong they would automatically look into the bible and the teachings of God and anything it said they would abbey to it. John Proctor is accused of being a witch when he forgets his 10 commandments. He forgets to mention about not committing adultery. Proctor replies to this by saying, "I think it may be a small fault", with Hale replying, "Theology, sir, is a fortress; no crack in a fortress may be accounted small". Because they lived in a society that was strict and suspicious about everything because they were paranoid with fear. Hale suggests that because has forgot to mention adultery that Proctor doesn't see it as a problem and will commit adultery. ...read more.

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But Abigail is a person that wants a true family, hoping for a good impression when she shows her property and that she is here to give the impression of respect and politeness. But from time to time she can still be quite reckless when she shouted "your name is dead and buried!" All Abby wants is John Proctor because if he accepts her, then she would be a changed person due to her ways of stress and her arguments with Parris would away and Abigail would totally relieved about finally leaving his malicious uncle into a new world. She is desperate for a less hard life. But she always shifts the blame of herself to another just to selfishly get out of trouble and exclaimed "Goody Proctor is a gassing liar!" with Miller creating a character that is dishonest about when her uncle was finding her in the forest. Then she emotionally threatens her younger cousin with a pointy reckoning suggesting that could be one seal of witchcraft really alarming her cousin Betty. Abigail is not a type of person that actually cares about other people because when John Proctor's wife was sick, John had an affair with Abby. Then when John Proctor's wife eventually declared a divorce. He was left in despair bur Abby did not feel a thing and just kept going after Proctor. ...read more.

Conclusion

A lot of the reasons behind the truth not coming out were also because of the vanity and pride that the society of Salem had. One reason being that Hale was too quick to jump to witchcraft, without thinking of a logical reason behind it; the society was that religious. The girl's were scared and didn't know what to do; with this Abigail came along and told them what to do. The girl's trusted and were led my Abigail because they didn't know what else to do. Also were scary and didn't want to be hung. Abigail enjoyed leading the girl's because she liked her power. She likes to be in control. The society has a strong pride. With the people of Salem not confessing to the witchcraft. Because they didn't admit they assumed that they did do the witchcraft, so the girl's stories were easy to believe even more so. In conclusion the girl's stories were easy to be believed because the society of Salem was an extremely religious. They were paranoid with fear, which made them venerable to small things: causing superstition. Another reason why the girl's stories were easy to believe was because people wanted to believe them so they could end old grudges and claim land. People were scared to question the Bible because they would be accused of doing the Devil's work and then hung. The Religious views about Christianity were taken too literally and as a punishment over 20 people were hung because of it. Chris Cheung ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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