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Conscience in The Crucible Conscience is the awareness of right and wrong In the Crucible the idea of conscience in strongly emphasized Miller himself said No critic seemed to sense what I was after which was the conflict between a mans raw deeds and his conception of himself the question of whether conscience is in fact an organic part of the human being and what happens when it is handed over not merely to the state or the mores of the time but to ones friend or wife The idea of conscience in the play The Crucible is based very much on Christian concepts firstly the idea of morality or conscience of right and wrong secondly the idea of the confession of sin and finally the idea of guilt and penance for sins Conscience then as an issue of morality is defined very clearly at the start of the play a minister is the Lords man in the parish a minister is not to be so lightly crossed and contradicted says Parris in Act One Here it is established that theologically the minister in this case Parris is supposed to be the ultimate decider of morality in Salem The Church in theocratic Massachusetts defines conscience Right and wrong is decided by authority and the authority here is the Church Law is based on the doctrines of the Church and Salem is a theocracy For good purposes even high purposes the people of Salem developed a theocracy a combine of state and religious power whose function was to keep the community together and to prevent any kind of disunitybut all organization is and must be grounded on the idea of exclusion and prohibition just as two objects cannot occupy the same space Evidently the time came in New England when the repressions of order were heavier than seemed warranted by the dangers against which the order was organized
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