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Title: The Setting og Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
The Crucible, Arthur Miller;s sixth play, is a study in moral values and honesty. The author puts in the spotlight John Proctor and examines his motives and explores his personal moral standards. Proctor;s struggle to find his inner goodness is made much more difficult by the atmosphere in which he must live. Late
Seventeenth century Salem, Massachusetts is no place for a man of
Proctor;s high moral fiber. It is a hostile social environment where the people are ruled by a crumbling theocracy. The
Separatist Puritans, who had come to America aboard the Mayflower in 1620 to find a safe haven from the Church of England, which
they believed had not carried out the full process of the
Reformation, developed, over time, a powerful theocracy where the
exact word of the Bible was law. This government by the Church
was dangerous, as is clearly demonstrated in MillerOs play. The
Puritan society was austere, restrictive, and fanatical. The
Pilgrims believed in hard work, a stern, unforgiving God, and the
immorality of all entertainment. There was only one
interpretation of the Bible, not open to outside argument. “For
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
is an example of the Bible stating that “nobody is perfectNwe are
just human.” The Puritans do not accept this argument, and
believe that major sins (such as John ProctorOs adultery with
Abigail) are unpardonable. There were very stringent laws in the
Puritan colonies. Outrageously strict laws governing dancing,
drinking, dress, art, and even hair length hemmed the people in
on all sides. Towards the end of the sixteen hundreds, This
theocracy began to falter and shake. The events in The Crucible
show the boiling-over of the peopleOs dissatisfaction and the
eventual fall of the ChurchOs rule over the people. In fact, the
ChurchOs strict doc…


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