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The CrucibleThe events in this play are both dramatic and tragic, and many innocent people die. Who or what do you feel is most responsible for what happened?

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Coursework - The Crucible The events in this play are both dramatic and tragic, and many innocent people die. Who or what do you feel is most responsible for what happened? Can the blame be laid in any one direction or are there several contributory factors? Do you think the play has any relevance for us today? Clearly the blame cannot be cast onto a single individual although it is also true that some people are more to blame than others. However I think the factor most responsible was the society in which they lived. If the society had permitted dancing, the girls would not have been dancing in secret. Ruth Putnam and Betty Parris would not have gone into shock after being discovered. The girls would not have felt compelled to lie. If the belief in witchcraft had not been so firm, the girls would not have been believed from the start, Doctor Griggs would not have told Parris to look "look to unnatural things" for the cause of Betty's Illness. Hale would not have been sent for and nothing would have come of it. ...read more.

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because she was bitter at her loss of seven children in childbirth and wanted to shift the guilt from herself, and Thomas Putnam because he wanted land, and by accusing others he could claim their land. So it is perhaps unsurprising that Ruth Putnam, their only daughter led the crying out at the most "opportune junctures of the trials" Rebecca Nurse, the sweetest, most saintly person in the village is charged by Ann Putnam. Rebecca was twenty six times a grandmother, and midwife to Goody Putnam. This means that Parris, the minister of the local church is a paranoid, power-hungry and self-pitying character. Throughout the play he is self-centred, and does not consider anything else. At the start of the play, when he discovers the girls, his first thought is himself and his reputation. Once he realises lying to say there is witchcraft will shift the blame from him, he does that, to the point of seriously endangering his daughter. Lying is always wrong, but as a man of God he should definitely not be lying. Perhaps John Proctor is right when he says, "I see no light of God in that man" Parris definitely says some very selfish, egotistical things, ...read more.

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Lead by Senator Joseph McCarthy a committee had the power to investigate anyone who had been a communist sympathiser at any point in their life. Many people still have strong beliefs which influence their decisions, although they are not necessarily belief in witchcraft. Lying and adultery still happen and play their part in society. People still rebel against their way of life, and many of the moral dilemmas covered in the play are still relevant today. For example can lying ever be justified? Is it right for a 30 year old to be sexually involved with a 17 year old? We can relate to the actions of the characters in the play in these situations. In some countries capital punishment still exists, although not in the form of hanging. Courts are still be wrong, like when people falsely accuse other people, when people give false witness and when judges make the wrong judgement. It is rare for everyone in a town to share the same religion and for people to live in such strict communities nowadays, although it does still happen. I think that "The Crucible" is still relevant to us today and we can still relate to character's actions in certain situations. "that's my last duchess painted on the wall. The rhyme scheme is ABABB ...read more.

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