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stated his opinion on justice and the court system was Reverend Hale. When he witnessed the corruption of the court and realized that the entire proceedings was a big life, Hale declared his departure from the court of Salem. “I denounce these proceedings, I quit this court!” What also showed the corruption of the court, was how Hathorne conducted his investigations. Hathorne scared confessions out the defendants, because he would get in their face and yell at them, sometimes forcing the defendant into tears. This is most evident in the film version of “The Crucible,” because the actions of Hathorne and the other magistrates is easier visualized. “The Crucible” was also written on the principles of historical drama. It tells of a time when the principles of our

society where in the early stages of creation. The Puritans are like our modern society, yet much primitive. They had their own sets of laws and governing bodies, as was seen in “The Crucible.” Unlike modern society and culture, punishments for those who broke any law were much harsher, including death. In the play, anyone who was convicted of witchcraft was put to death. Today, someone who does that might go to jail and possibly put on trial, but the death penalty for witchcraft in 2000 would be rare. “Man, you will hang! You cannot,” Reverend Hale to John Proctor when Proctor tears up his confession. However, modern society has adopted principles different to that formed by the Puritans. Unlike the Puritans, there is a definite separation of church and state. And one

final principal adopted by modern society and culture that was based on principles formed by the Puritans and that was evident in the play, is a social order. Back in the seventeenth century and as seen in “The Crucible,” people were grouped according to their financial and social status: poor, middle or working class, and the gentlemen or wealthy class. During the time that the trials were held, the classes discriminated against the lower of the three. This is evident even today’s society, although it is not as harsh as it was in the seventeenth century. Finally, the theme of fear of the unknown played a major role in the play. The Puritans did not know what was going on and did not know what was causing the madness in Salem, Massachusetts. For all they knew, it was the

actual battle of Good vs. Evil in their own village. The people were scared since they had no idea what was going on. This theme even applies to today. A great example of being afraid of the unknown is being afraid of the dark, a common fear among millions of Americans. These people do not know what lurks in the dark, if anything, and they do not know what will happen to them if they enter the darkness. Comparing this to the Salem tragedies, the villagers did not know what was going on in the dark or what would happen to them if they entered the dark, witchcraft and the trials that followed being the dark in this case. In conclusion, the above themes played an integral role in “The Crucible.” They added to the overall impact that the play made on the reader’s or viewer’s

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