The Crucible

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The Crucible Killing the innocent for the sake of the guilty, vindicating personal vendettas, hiding instead of facing what the people of Salem caused, and turning civility and justice in to the playhouse for ones imagination is merely a few of the atrocities displayed in this brilliantly written play, The Crucible, buy Arthur Miller. This play exploits the disasters of the Salem witch trials in the late 1600's. Intentionally or unintentionally, each of these people caused harm to the others and contributed to the death of innocent people hanged as witches in Salem Village in 1692. After studying Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, the three people most to blame for the witch hysteria and the subsequent death of innocent people are Abigail Williams Reverend Parris, and Judge Hathorne.

Judge Hathorne is to blame for the Salem witch hysteria.

Hathorne wouldn't listen to anyone but the girls and himself. Any time anyone would prove a point that he didn't like he would discard it and ask Abigail.

"I am amazed to find you in such uproar" (Page. 864) Also, He only wanted to look good in front of people. He only cares about what people think about him.

"Disrespect indeed. It is disruption mister" (Page 864). All he was interested in was convicting people even if there was no proof. He is easily convinced about a point but if someone challenges it they have to be wrong. "He sentenced her. He must" (Page 852) Abigail is also responsible for the tragedy of the Salem witch hysteria.

She is the one that told her uncle it wasn't anything but harmless Dancing in the woods. " Oh she has only gone silly somehow" (Page 853) She got the other girls to say the names of people just to get the blame...