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Un-Holy Puritains Portrayed in The Crucible

Un-Holy Puritains Portrayed in "The Crucible"

Despite our thoughts of Puritans as holy and righteous people, Arthur Millers, The Crucible shows many of them as the complete opposite. Many people that read such tales of the Puritan life styles start to perceive all Puritans as un-holy, and non-righteous people.

In act one there are many cases of people acting un-holy and non-righteous. Such cases include when the girls are caught dancing in the forest with a black slave girl named Tituba. While dancing, the girls are caught by the local minister, Reverend Parris. Before questioning, Abigail speaks with the other girls, and tells them not to admit to anything. The girls obey her, and end up lying to all the adults that questioned her.

Soon after, John Procter, a local farmer gets a chance to talk with Abigail alone. Abby then admits that her and John were involved in an affair the year prior. The affair led to the release of her by Elizabeth, John Procter’s wife, as a servant. Elizabeth is questioned later about why Abby was fired. Elizabeth’s answer was a complete lie. Elizabeth claimed that Abby was not a good enough worker, when in fact it was because of John’s affair with Abby. Out of revenge for John not wanting anything to do with her, Abigail frames Elizabeth. Since Abby can’t have John Procter, she wants Elizabeth to pay for it. Abby convinces the court that Elizabeth stabbed her with a sewing needle in the stomach. The court arrests Elizabeth and holds her in custody. For Elizabeth’s defense, John admits to the people of Salem that he had an affair with Abby. “A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything, I know it now. I beg you, sir, I beg you—see her what she is ... She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore's vengeance...” (1146) This quote by John in Act III is a plead to the court so show that Elizabeth is in fact not guilty of the crime committed, and it was just Abby’s way of getting back at both the Procter’s.

Another example of un-holiness...

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