Witchery a disgusting, horrifying plague cast upon people, which spreads faster than wildfire. As one experience’s fear each day, it begins to enhance and branch out towards everyone around them. This is the issue in the book The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Arthur Miller establishes a period in the American history known as the Salem witch trials of 1692. It is a well built Puritan society in which the citizens are bonded with the church. During this time McCarthyism was in play, it was the anti-communist suspicions into the U.S. The theme in the story The Crucible was honesty and truth versus scapegoat. Arthur Miller used the noose to lead the reader to the theme of honesty vs. scapegoat. The noose represents the most prevalent symbol in The Crucible.
The symbol, noose, displays death, fear, and hysteria throughout the people of Massachusetts. Miller used the symbol of the noose to develop the theme of honesty versus scapegoat. “This woman must be hanged! She must be taken and hanged! (Putnam 44)”. The quote shows the fear developing inside of Tituba as she is trying to avoid her death at any cost. After hearing the seriousness in Putnam’s voice Tituba’s death was certain. Even as it is a lie Tituba will do whatever it takes to save her. “I want to open myself! I saw Sarah Good, Goody Osburn, and Bridget Bishop with the devil! (Abigail 48)”. Abigail too has seen the fear and of the noose as she starts to tell lies and put others in danger. Throughout the story accusation becomes the main part of witchery as well as the noose. Just to save oneself trouble has to be brought upon other. As seen the noose brings out one’s inner fear, capable enough to make a pure soul lie in order to be saved.
The noose portrays the feeling of hysteria. The author uses this symbol to show the theme of the story. “The courts have power to hang. The Deputy Governor promise hangin’ if they’ll not confess! (Elizabeth 52)”. This quote shows how much power has developed inside the court and the respected people of Salem. It has caused hysteria between the people. Utmost emotions filled with panic, and madness. If a person does not confess they will have to face the noose. The court can now hang they people accused unless they approve of siding with the Devil, which would mean lying. Not looking at the circumstances of the Puritan culture one will lie even if it is to save his/her life.
The noose evokes death, fear, and hysteria between the Puritans. Arthur...