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Criticisms of The Crucible Authors often write literature to criticize society and mankind What this means is authors hope that one will share hisher beliefs and try to change societys thinking Arthur Miller in his play The Crucible hopes to change society Specifically Miller criticizes authority chaos andor hysteria and malicious and sinful acts against mankind Miller uses Judge Danforth Reverend John Hale and Reverend Parris to demonstrate his criticism on authority He uses John Proctor and Reverend John Hale to express his criticism on chaos andor hysteria Finally he uses Judge Danforth Abigail Williams and John Proctor to display his ideas of criticism on malicious and sinful acts on mankind Miller uses these characters throughout his play as evidence of these attitudes Miller uses Judge Danforth John Hale and Reverend Parris to demonstrate his criticism on authority Judge Danforth is the typical Puritan He believed so strongly in the authority of his position that any attempt to undermine this authority threatened to undermine the authority of the entire church But you must understand sir that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it there be no road in between This is a sharp time now a precise time--we love no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world Now by Gods grace the shining sun is up and them that fear not light will surely praise it I hope you will be one of those Miller 94 As a result Danforth is a judge who will never yield at any point during the trials Reverend John Hale makes an arrival in the village as the voice of authority about witches He is responsible for igniting the trials to begin He is strongly confident of his views about Herda 2 an unseen world of witches which victimizes mankind He firmly stands by the decision made by
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