Good Vs. Evil

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What is a book without good and evil? Good and evil can come in all different shapes and sizes. Sometimes the author's attitude towards good and evil can make and break a good book. The author of The Crucible (Arthur Miller) shows distinct differences between the good characters and the evil characters: these forces of good and evil interact with each other and make this book highly enjoyable.

Arthur Miller's attitude clearly states what he thinks good and evil qualities are and should be. Miller makes most of his characters that are good share the same attributes. The good qualities are honesty, virtue, compassion, and religious beliefs. Also a character must be loyal to his neighbors. Some of the evil qualities he imposes on his characters are greed, faithlessness, deceitfulness, and vindictiveness and lechery.

In the Crucible, Miller lets evil triumph over good in many parts of the book. Throughout the book Miller lets a group of girls turn the town upside down and make everyone believe in witchery and acts of such sort.

In Act II, Miller lets the evil Abigail William claim that Elizabeth Proctor is using magic voodoo on her and stabbed her in the stomach with a needle. He also lets other folks from the town claim many different types of bewitchment on many different people both innocent and guilty. The beginning of Act III shows Giles coming into court and accuses Putnam of being "land hungry". He says that no man should be able to take land from these innocent people who are being thrown into jail. Also in Act III Danforth is arresting faultless people left and right. Again in Act III Miller lets Abigail and company rule the court by claiming Mary is using spells against them and eventually is the cause of...