EWX1 11/22/05 Ms. R. Cohen Yongjie Feng The Crucible The Crucible is not only a recounting of the Salem witch trials. Behind this story, Arthor Miller most wants to say is the significance of mankind. The most representative thing is what individuals do is mainly to please their own interests, so mush as happy to believe outrageous lies when those lies serve their interests. Arthur Miller establishes the characters to present this style. His representation of Putnam couple, Reverend Parris and Judge Danforth, which might successfully show this theme.
Thomas Putnam, who is a wealthy, prominent person of Salem. When they just found out about the witchcraft, they believed Abigail s description deliberately, ° When Reverend Hale comes, you will continue to try to find signs of witchcraft here. ± This quote shows Putnam does not only believe in the witchcraft and he also tries to advocate the so-called reality. Why a knowledgeable, mature couple thinks in a ridiculous discussion by a lowly woman so quickly? It is undoubted that there is a benefit relationship.
Then, the play points out that the reason is to help them to increase their own wealth by accusing people of witchcraft and then purchasing up their land. So, this causality replies to why the Putnams want to believe outrageous lies when those lies serve their interests. Reverend Parris, the minister of Salem s church, who is truly power-hungry and self-indulgent. He reveals strong self-interest by confront Abigail with? ° if you trafficked with the spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will destroy me with it? ±.
His fascination with credibility makes him self-centered; for that reason, he focuses all the attention on his own well being. His steadfast assistance for the witch-hunt is generally for his domestic problems, not religious. Parris s inspiration does not alter much throughout the play. Even after his realization that the witch hysteria is simply an act installed by the village women, he not does anything more than telling John to make a false confession, which clearly reflects that he wants to believe outrageous lies when those lies serve his interests. Comparable to Parris, Judge Danforth is stubbornly self-indulgent.
His extreme interest in getting a high credibility causes the death of several innocent Salem villagers. He refuses to countermand or hold off the execution because that will reveal him as an indecisive judge, which will be an insult to his character. Danforth probably has his doubts, like Parris, about the town women allegations when he finds their dance rituals in the woods. However he prefers to believe outrageous lies to learn the truth when Abigail threatens him with? ° think you be so mighty that the power of Hell might not turn your wits So, he casts away all the doubts and ends up being totally blinded the worry that individuals might have reasons to doubt his character, which will be the most significant loss for him. In conclusion, Miller chose these 3 individuals to represent the innate evilness of humanity, and successfully affirm that individuals want to believe outrageous lies when those lies serve their interests. This theme on humankind is not special to the Salem town or Puritan societies due to the fact that Arthur Miller particularly highlights it to parallel mankind of his own period.