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The Girls Power in The Crucible and the Inner Partys Power in 1984 At face value the concepts discussed in Orwells 1984 are far removed from those in Millers play The Crucible One is a not-so optimistic view of the future while the other demonstrates a rather low point in early American history However upon further examination there is evidence that the notion of delegation of power is somewhat similar between the two Compared to that of the girls the means by which the crown of power is obtained by the Inner Party is ambiguous and outside the scope of the novel Orwells intention is to focus not on how the ruling group gains power but on the actions that the group is capable of performing In fact two major goals of the Party are to conquer the whole surface of the earth and to extinguishthe possibility of independent thought The Party wants total and not partial domination over the entire population and thus to be able to control everyone and everything In the timeframe of the novel the Party is very close to accomplishing this In The Crucible it is however quite different Miller mentions that vain enjoyment or anything similar to it was forbidden and that time off only meant that the people must concentrate even more upon prayer The Puritan society based on strict religious principles did not allow any kind of personal enjoyment or freedom The restraints placed on the girls by this demanding society can be considered at least a contribution to if not the main reason for the girls outlandish behavior In 1984 the Inner Party has control of the people from the outset and is not afraid to impose its sense of justice on the rest of the population The same is true that once they recognize the extent of their control the girls in The Crucible demonstrate their newfound power Proctor talking about Abigail says that the
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