The Crucible: Inner Struggles Essay

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The Crucible: Inner Struggles


Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, is a great portrayal of humans and their inner
struggles. This play takes place in the 1690’s in a small Puritan community based on a
rigid social system. An outbreak of rumors claiming witchcraft contaminated this small
village. This caused conflict among the people of name and ultimately resulted in absolute
chaos. This play clearly illustrates the self-battles of three characters.


Reverend Hale’s battle is initiated by his personal commitment to God. He is a deeply
religious man who was unrelenting in his quest for the devil. Originally, Hale believed
that there was witchcraft in the town and wanted to drive it out. However as the play
develops, Hale witnesses sincere and respectable townspeople being sentenced and hung. He
learns that what is being done is definitely wrong and here begins his inner turmoil. With
scrutiny, he looks at himself and tries to figure out which way to go. Should he continue
with what he is doing and listen to Danforth or should he listen to his conscience? He
does try a feeble attempt to talk to Danforth and explain how their actions are unjust,
but again, his inner struggle pulls him back to a more moderate stand. Hale then decides
to persuade the wrongly accused to confess witchcraft. At least this will save them from
death by hanging. He preaches perjury to the people, even though this is also against
their religion. Hale’s principles were ridden with guilt and sadness because of his
struggle with himself.
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