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The Church And The State: A Compound Of Pure Destruction

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The Church and the State: A Compound of Pure Destruction
Copious amounts of chemicals create a world of chemistry within our complex universe. Each of these chemicals possesses their own individual qualities, and when combined, some create compounds that prove to be exponentially beneficial. However, not every element is meant to correlate with another different element, for the results of doing so are often devastatingly disastrous. Our Earth is blanketed by a layer of the atmosphere called the Ozone, and while this Ozone existed and functioned without blemish, certain elements have combined to spark the destruction of the atmospheric sheet that shields us from the harmful agents of ...view middle of the document...

Within the trials of human life and Arthur Miller’s prodigious production, examples are displayed where too much power becomes an iniquitous thing. Within Puritan society, there was no perceptible distinction between the Church and the State. In the primordial stages of The Crucible, Arthur Miller speaks of two-man patrols whose duty was to “’walk forth in the time of God’s worship to take notice of such as either lye about the meeting house…or that lye at home or in the fields…and to take the names of such persons, and to present them to the magistrates.’” (Miller 1.1) To be within this sect of the world one would follow the rules of the Church, or be prosecuted by the governments established within their society. The teachings of the Lord were just as immensely powerful as the laws of the land, for the laws of the land were in fact based off of the teachings of the Lord. Therefore, one who controlled the Church in a way controlled the State, and vice versa. What does this mean for the person on top? Complete and utter dominance. Throughout The Crucible we saw examples where power led to acts of pure malevolence, for power corrupts the mind, and nobody exhibited this corruption better than Abigail Williams. Young, unmarried women were generally powerless in Puritan society, so when given power, Abigail Williams, an already manipulative and sinful girl, acted upon it. In Act 1, Abigail faces the wrongs she has committed, yet not only pins the blame elsewhere, but shows her ruthlessness and force to those who may attempt to oppose her. “Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters…Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you.” (Miller 1.1) Abigail had done wrong with dancing in the woods, and now hysteria is rising when one of the youth has fallen sick of an illness that is unlike anything ever seen before. Abigail could very easily take the punishment and hinder or even completely prevent the tragedy that would soon take place, but she is manipulative and cruel, and does just the opposite. Irony arises when Abigail, who encouraged the witchcraft to begin with, is the one to pin the blame on other innocent people. Her power and influence within the group of girls she correlates with creates a spark within their click, and they go forth and are able to thrust blame upon ones they once loved. For probably the first time in her entire life, Abigail is given power, and she does not slow down. In the final moments of the first act, Abigail blows the situation into unspeakable proportions, when she begins the unrighteous accusations. “I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osborn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!” (Miller 1.1) At this point, the decimation of the wrongly accused is as certain as the sun rising in the morning. The people...

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