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The Crucible Power Being Misused Essay

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While justice is meant to be administered with upmost fairness and equality Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, demonstrates that this does not always succeed, and in many circumstances the forces of injustices are exposed.
Those allotted to administer justice often misuse their power resulting in a lack of justice. The judges in the court of Salem do not deliver justice fairly and therefore failed to protect the individuals of Salam and instead where blinded by their personal jealousies, vengeance, fear and greed.
Judge Danforth is a character that believes in theocracy and is convinced that the legal system will bring about truth and justice. He decides to use Abigail's insubstantial evidence and therefore obstructs the course of justice. He believes himself to be doing the right thing, quote "I speak god’s law", although he is unaware that he is ...view middle of the document...

The emotion of greed and jealousy is mainly shown through the Putnam family in their everlasting quest to gain more land, and to settle old grievances. Thomas Putnam takes advantage of the witch trials and is quick to accuse people so he can take over their land. "This man is killing his neighbours for their land!" effectively describes the feeling of disgust the citizens of Salem have for Putnam. He starts arguing about the boundaries of his land as he tries to drag John Proctor into a witch scandal. This is done so that Putnam can buy up the land when it becomes forfeited. Goody Putnam accuses the honest Rebecca Nurse about the supernatural murders of her dead children. She corrupts justice by accusing innocent victims, as she can't come to terms with not being able to produce healthy children. Also, she cannot stand the fact that Rebecca has a healthy family while her only child suffers a motionless state brought about by uncertain circumstances.
Fear is a powerful emotion and also a reason for the unjust accusations made. Abigail uses her power of fear to control the girls and force them to join her. This is done no matter what the consequences of their unjust actions. John rightfully asks "Is the accuser always holy now?", because the girls were receiving unprecedented honour and their accusations took centre court throughout the trial. This led the Salam community to believe that their highly moral and upstanding neighbours were responsible for these sinful actions. Abigail uses this opportunity to gain control over the adults of Salem and accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft in order to be with John Proctor. This is as a result of her lust for John and jealousy towards Elizabeth.
In The Crucible the innocent have been condemned while the guilty have been protected. Justice could not protect the innocent as it had been abused. "Private vengeance is taking over the testimony" effectively sums up the chronicling of the events and atmosphere in Salem.

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