In the play, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the Puritans are very religious people who believe the sole purpose of government was to enforce God’s law. Their immense “faith” blinded them throughout the course of the Salem Witch Trials. This faith soon turned into fear as many of the high-standing people of the village were accused and sentence to death by hanging. In The Crucible, faith and fear relate very closely with the decisions that were made and the outcome of the Salem Witch Trials.
The definition of faith is having complete trust or confidence in something or somebody. This insignificant, five letter word shaped the culture and life of the Puritan people. To them, faith wasn’t just a five letter word, it is a necessity. They put all ...view middle of the document...
The emotion of fear was greatly associated with the faith of the just Puritan people. Many of the first people accused were homeless elderly woman who were not very visually appealing. The villagers were fine with their accusations and convictions and went on with their lives. As the number of indicted people of either moderate to high standing increased; the fear of being accused therefore grew. In Act Three of The Crucible, Giles Corey accuses Thomas Putnam of, “…killing his neighbors for their land!” (214). After being asked who gave him this information, Giles Corey responds by saying, “You know well why not! He’ll lay in jail if I give his name!” (214). His fear of putting his friend in danger, and his lack of faith in the court restrains him from giving Deputy Danforth his name. Both fear and faith closely relate to one another in the decisions that are made.
Fear and faith became one throughout the Salem Witch Trials. The people indicted were afraid to keep their faith. If they did not keep their faith then they would be damned to Hell. Fear was the driving force in their decision to lie. Yet if they did keep their faith, they would be killed for it. These people were more worried by the judgment they will receive entering the gates of heaven.
The relationship between faith in fear in The Crucible slowly grows as the play progresses. Without one of this aspects in the story then the book would have no purpose. Without fear, the entire Salem Witch Trials might have not even happened. Without faith, the number accused and people in the prisons would greatly increase. The fear and faith in The Crucible directly correlates to the outcome and decisions made throughout the Salem Witch Trials.