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Themes of Conscience in the Crucible

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Themes of Conscience in the Crucible Intolerance The Crucible is set in a theocratic society. The church and the state are an equal place. The religion is a strict form of Protestantism or known as Puritanism. In Salem, everyone belongs to either God or the Devil. As Danforth says in Act III, "a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it." The witch trials are the ultimate expression of intolerance. Hysteria Another critical theme in the Crucible is the role that hysteria can play in tearing part a community. ...read more.


In the end, hysteria can only succeed, as people benefit from it. Hysteria suspends the rules of daily life and hateful support under the cover of virtue. Reputation Reputation is tremendously important in Salem, where public and private moralities are equal. In Salem where reputation plays such an important part, the fear of guilt by association becomes mainly destructive. Various characters base their actions on the desire to protect their respective reputations. An example of this is when Parris fears that Abigail's increasingly questionable actions and the hints of witchcraft are surrounding his daughter's coma, whilst threatening his reputation and forcing him away from the pulpit. ...read more.


In addition to this be restricted, Abigail is also a slave to Proctor, however he strips away her innocence as he commits adultery with her. Abigail's accusations of witchcraft and devil worship immediately command the attention of the court. Accusations, Confessions and Legal Proceedings The witch trials are the central part to the action of The Crucible. The dramatic accusations and confessions fill the play to its fullest. In Act I, even before the hysteria begins, we can see Parris accusing Abigail of dishonouring him. Eventually, Proctor admits to his affair with Abigail, however this accusation is ruined by the accusation of witchcraft against him, which in demand turns into a demand. The court collapses shortly afterwards, undone by the negative response of its victims to spread lies. ...read more.

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