Good vs. Evil

The Crucible is a book based on the Salem Witch Trials of 1692- 1693. They occurred in colonial Massachusetts and resulted in 20 deaths of mostly women. One of the outstanding themes of the book is the trial of Good vs. Evil. It brought me to wonder if the accusers of witchcraft truly cared about the young girls performing witchcraft or if they think it is such abomination and are so repulsed by it because of their pride. The people in Salem seem so consumed by detection of evil that they leave no room for good and obviously do not realize that the devil is not the only thing causing evil. They are seemingly so obsessed with the trials of the girls that they push for answers rather than the truth (There’s a difference). This leads to many pointed fingers, omission, and lies to save oneself. By the end of the book, I’m predicting the entire town will be drowning in hypocrisy and corruption.

HALE: Tituba. You must have no fear to tell us who they are, do you understand? We will protect you. The Devil can never overcome a minister. You know that, do you not?
TITUBA: Aye, sir, oh, I do.
Hale: You have confessed yourself to witchcraft, and that speaks a wish to come to Heaven’s side. And we will bless you, Tituba.
TITUBA: Oh, God bless you, Mr. Hale!
HALE: You are God’s instrument put in our hands to discover the Devil’s agents among us. So speak utterly, Tituba, and God will protect you.
TITUBA: Oh, God, protect Tituba! (I.456-469)

This quote shows a slave who was forced to confess to witchcraft after being threatened to be killed. It also shows how the accuser wants an answer so badly that he is willing to overlook the truth to get one. This is another example of how the people of the town are so eager to find evil that they do not realize their own evil.

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