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The Crucible - Show how the different types of power in Salem combine to bring about its downfall.

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The Crucible Show how the different types of power in Salem combine to bring about its downfall The Crucible is set in Salem, Massachusetts, during the 17th century. Salem is a very religious village, with life being centred around the church. Everyone was expected to go to church, and to learn the Ten Commandments off by heart, and always to dress modestly. Sinning was not tolerated at all! Rules were very strict. Everyone feared the devil, this was one of the religious codes. This leads to the whole town becoming very superstitious, believing in witchcraft and servants of the devil. This view shows how narrow minded people can be, and it is this fear of the devil which sets the scene for the prejudice we see during the play. The story has two different meanings which help it to function on two different levels. It shows how a community can live in fear of God and will admit to anything when faced with a death threat. This shows how weak people can be and how people can use their own deceptive minds and power to get what they want. ...read more.

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This leads the Putnam's to be disliked in the town. The Putnam's do have a lot of land most of it swindled from their neighbours and because the rest of the people in Salem aren't as rich, lots of them are resentful towards the Putnam's. All the Putnam's sons have died; we learn this during the play When Mrs Putnam says; "Reverend Parris, I have laid seven babies unbaptised in the earth. Believe me sir you never saw more hearty babies born. And yet they would wither in my arms the very night of their birth." This leads them to become very bitter towards the community. Mrs Putnam believes that her husband would blame her for the deaths, so she blames anyone she can as we heard in the last quote another example of this is; "I knew it were Goody Osborne were midwife to me three times. I begged you, Thomas, did I not? I begged him not to call Osborne because I feared her. My babies always shrivelled in her hands." This goes to show Mrs Putnam will blame anyone but herself and this shows a different power in them. ...read more.

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Everyone else in the town is scared rigid of the thought that they might be sentenced to death! This shows that the judges have another power the power of fear, this is one of the biggest powers because it can lead people to do anything you want them to. But the only problem with this fear is that it can lead people not to tell the truth and bend the law to suit their own purposes and this can help bring about the downfall of everyone in one town. This shows how the Judges have a different power again over the people of the town In the end The Crucible is a very clever play it functions on the level we, saw but it is also mirrors the McCarthy witch hunt years. In the play we see many different characters all struggling to survive in one town that turns chaotic when normal village life is disrupted. It shows how when different powers are used against each other the outcome becomes the village's downfall and brings down the good and the bad as society collapses in chaos. This is shown perfectly in The Crucible and shows how one person can corrupt many and bring down a whole society. By Robert Thorne ...read more.

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