Good Vs. Evil Essay

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What is a book without good and evil? Good and evil can come in all different shapes and sizes. Sometimes the author's attitude towards good and evil can make and break a good book. The author of The Crucible (Arthur Miller) shows distinct differences between the good characters and the evil characters: these forces of good and evil interact with each other and make this book highly enjoyable. Arthur Miller's attitude clearly states what he thinks good and evil qualities are and should be. Miller makes most of his characters that are good share the same attributes. The good qualities are honesty, virtue, compassion, and religious beliefs. Also a character must be loyal to his neighbors. Some of the evil qualities he imposes on his characters are greed, faithlessness, deceitfulness, and vindictiveness and lechery.In the Crucible, Miller lets evil triumph over good in many parts of the book. Throughout the book Miller lets a group of girls turn the town upside down and make everyone believe in witchery and acts of such sort. In Act II, Miller lets the evil Abigail William claim that Elizabeth Proctor is using magic voodoo on her and stabbed her in the stomach with a needle. He also lets other folks from the town claim many different types of bewitchment on many different people both innocent and guilty. The beginning of Act III shows Giles coming into court and accuses Putnam of being "land hungry". He says that no man should be able to take land from these innocent people who are being thrown into jail. Also in Act III Danforth is arresting faultless people left and right. Again in Act III Miller lets Abigail and company rule the court by claiming Mary is using spells against them and eventually is the cause of John Proctor being sent to jail. Act IV shows that a lot of people have been hung, most of them for just the reason that they were accused and did not confess. Miller also kills the hero John Proctor in this Act. Even though Miller shows favoritism in evil throughout the book, leaving a very few times where good prevails, there are still good characters in the book. John Proctor is one of those people with good characteristics. Proctor shows that he is honest, upright, and blunt-spoken. He plays the tragic hero in this book. He told the truth about his affair with Abigail and tried to stop the mayhem of witchcraft and false accusations throughout the town, puts him in the category of a good character. Reverend John Hale is another good character in the book. He is a committed Christian and hater...

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