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Todays society is composed of a country built on the Constitution which is governed by laws justice in these laws and authority Authority holds precedence in any situation the policeman upholding the law the judge administering justice the common citizen being law abiding However true authority is not constituted by a diploma an appointment or a title it is earned by respect honor and integrity All of which are misused and misunderstood in the The Crucible Authority can be a means of rectifying ones situation in a community With a title authority is swayed to protect a persons image or self respect resulting in anothers misfortune Reverend Parris himself led in the persecution of several innocent townspeople all in protection of his own image and pulpit let it be disgraced by a niece that was a liar and sleep around Now a man of lesser title or precedent would probably have been sneered at for believing his niece was afflicted with witchcraft and carrying out such accusations against the townspeople but as a man of god more people were willing to believe in his feelings resulting in the death of 20 individuals Thomas Putnam a man resembling wealth and property authority was able to conveniently gain more property and wealth as a means of accusing his enemies of witchcraft to spite his own profit Deputy Governor Danforth a symbol of civil authority controlled the court to his advantage by limiting his thoughts in regards to the obvious act put in front of him by the afflicted girls A person who may have been innocent could easily be persecuted by a wealthy or titled person who had more authority or was deemed so by the standards of the day or the title beseeched him Respect and honor are key in maintaining authority A persons true authority comes from the people and is gained only through respect and honor A respected person holds more weight in a
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