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Susana Varela
English 11G: The Crucible
Mrs. Street
September 23, 2009

“The Crucible”, as many others books, has many differences among its characters. It is a contrast between loveand hate, honesty and lies; it is a fight from the beginning to the end. You are never sure what is next. The story takes place by the time of “The Inquisition”, a cruel scene where Christianism wastaking power. Unfortunately in the wrong way. Its beliefs were above everything, even life. It started a persecution against Devil followers and against witchcraft.

This pressure from religiongenerated an atmosphere of hysteria. That encouraged people to hate each other for many reasons. One of those reasons was the land. In the book, the quarrels between the Putnams and the Nurses, is anexample of avarice and ambition. The land played the role of revenge. When the Putnams decided to accuse Rebecca Nurse for the murder of their seven newborn babies, the court blamed the witches, so theycould seek revenge on her. Something more interesting than land took place on the play. The affair between Abigail Williams and John Proctor, gave Abby the idea to accuse Elizabeth Proctor forwitchcraft to take her place and to seek revenge on her.

Likewise, one could see that even authority was misunderstood with the wrong beliefs about God. This is, when the materialism of Reverend Parris wasevident on the story and became more important than his daughter Betty’s life. It was necessary for him, to take care of his renowned, but not to treat Betty’s illness. Although, what about judgeDanforth? He decided to keep killing the condemned, just because he had already killed twelve of them and he needed to keep people respecting his authority.

Even though, not everything was dark as itseems to be. Characters as Elizabeth and Rebecca Nurse showed themselves as people with integrity and courage. Death was not a matter. The truth was first. Elizabeth lied to the court, but she did...