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Who Is Responsible For The Salem Tragedy?

921 words - 4 pages

“Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor” said by Sholom Aleichem. The quote implies that one can have a good life if one has power or if one is judicious. Also, it is a game for the illiterate, a joke for one that is rich and powerful, and misfortune for needy. In the book, The Crucible by Arthur Miller has certain characters and beliefs that is a part of a huge calamity. It was labeled as the Salem Tragedy because in Salem, plebeians and uninvolved people were accused for witchcraft they never committed. Nineteen people were hanged and liable for the witchcraft. A character in The Crucible, Danforth, honest in his own perception is one of the attribution for the Salem tragedy. Also, Abigail, shrewd, perjurer is culpable for the Salem catastrophes. It was also, the society’s ignorance was responsible for the Salem disaster.
Initially, Danforth, stern yet practical man more interested in preserving the dignity for the Salem community is accountable for the tragedy. First, magistrate, Danforth has pride of his status as a judge. As a judge, he denies to give a thought for his actions that can lead to the death of innocent lives. Danforth says, “12 others have already been hanged for the same charge; pardons for the remaining convicts would be unjust and crack the voice of God's law with "whimpering." Hale says a week's postponement would seem like mercy to the public, not weakness. Danforth doesn't listen.” This proves how Danforth won’t postpone the hangings because he won’t allow himself, his government, or his God, to look weak. He thinks reputation is more important to him than standing up to save innocent lives. Next, when pride and arrogance comes in between with one’s intelligence, the effects are often destructive. Danforth proves this through his actions. Throughout the book, he is overconfident. He questions the people (accused) like he already knows that they are guilty. Subsequently, Danforth convicts people based on one’s opinion not fact. He believes that the girls are saying the truth, but he never tries to find evidence or ask the people accused what they have to say before they are hanged. Danforth is blameworthy for the Salem adversity.
Secondly, Abigail, malicious and vengeful girl is responsible for the Salem catastrophes.
Abigail was once found dancing in the woods with many of the other girls. After the girls were caught, Abigail was in fear of her life because she knew that if someone else was not blamed, she would be accused and killed. Abigail Williams tried everything to avoid being blamed. She accuses others to escape punishment...

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