Arthur Miller's Use Of Theocracy In The Crucible

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A system of government that rules in the name of God often stirs up a faulty society. A society powered within theocracy is dangerous. Theocracy was very relevant in Salem. The author, Arthur Miller, portrayed Reverend Parris to be somewhat stressed out about pleasing the people yet pleasing God at the same time. Parris not only belonged to a community, but something bigger to Salem; Religion. In the very beginning of act one Miller set the tone that theocracy would cause controversy in the Salem society. Miller, talking about Parris, stated, “He believed he was being persecuted wherever he went, despite his best efforts to win people and God to his side” (Miller 166). Later, in act two, Reverend Hale arrives. Theocracy is shown in this act because the whole community lays so much trust into Reverend Hale.…show more content…
As Miller talks about Reverend Hale and the Salem society he says, “The Devil, as Reverend Hale said, is a wily one” (Miller 183). This quote describes how the community fully trusts what Hale says in the beginning. In act four, Proctor refuses to sign the document that would be posted upon the church door. John Proctor and the whole Salem community were so wrapped up in what God AND the community thought of them. John exclaimed, “How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” (Miller 240). The text shows how many of the characters cared so much about what others thought of them and how they displayed their faith within Salem. Theocracy caused problems because religion played into the character's lives separately. Some characters believed that those accused of the bewitchery should be hanged immediately; others believed that they were being accused falsely and will hang to do God justice. Religion was being taken in different ways within Salem. A society powered within Theocracy is

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