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Back in the 1950s when insecurity permeated the air and people were ruled by fear Arthur Miller wrote a play which defined the line between insecurity and fear The Crucible was a remade story of the carnal Salem Witch trials in which many innocent victims lost their lives Through this play Miller is trying to convey the message that death is not in our possession we are not messengers of God Only God decrees those who are to die because God is in heaven and we are on Earth and we cannot read his will Despite this fact those harsh souls in The Crucible believe that the courts are messengers of God and their decisions are divine In many cases such as that of the Salem Witch trials the results can be devastating The Crucible is a heartfelt tale of agony and devotion Throughout Salems struggle for justice and purity the townspeople are faced with a question Are we really messengers of God Everyone handles the question differently Those of the town who are in positions of power such as Judge Danforth doubt themselves but must admit to being true messengers of God for the sake of political hierarchy Danforth admits this in his lecture to Reverend Hale Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part reprieve or pardon must cast doubt upon the guilt of them that died till now He also follows through in his position of power in admitting he was just in his actions of punishment While I speak Gods law I will not crack its voice with whimpering Judge Danforth backs up his cause with a biblical reference demonstrating his utter belief in his cause Mr Hale as God have not empowered me like Joshua to stop this sun from rising so I cannot withhold them from the perfection of their punishment Others not leaders in the hierarchy like Reverend Hale must take a different stance to
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