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The Crucible Hubris a tragic flaw can be defined as excessive pride In 1692 mass hysteria broke forth in the Massachusetts town of Salem The society lives under a theocracy in 1692 and because of the heavy religious atmosphere an overdue opportunity for everyone to express his guilt and sins emerges The play The Crucible narrates the time accurately The Salem Witch trials prosecute any person believed to have interactions with the Devil Because of the guilt carried in each persons sins and the desire to appear pious excessive pride or Hubris emerges in several characters This pride reveals itself in the newly elected Reverend Parris with his desire for his family and him to be seen as godly Also it appears in Deputy Governor Danforth with his unwillingness to allow anyone to tamper with his authority and also in John Proctor who refuses to add blemish to his name Reverend Paris became consumed by pride throughout the tale Parris being the newly elected minister in town has an obsession with keeping his appearance pure and in a godly manor Not only did Parris desire for his appearance to be godly but that of his family also When word spreads that unnatural happenings among the Parris have been taking place he becomes quick to cover them up and keep them secret This shows that pride in Parris keeps him from the truth for the purpose of keeping a good appearance Hubris also becomes apparent among Deputy Governor Danforth whom will not allow anyone to jeopardize his authority or get in the way of him appearing to be right Hang them hang them high over the town quotes Danforth in Act IV page 134 This statement particularly the high over the town shows how Danforth has excessive pride and must appear to have authority over the town He desires for the hangings to be high over the town so that many people will
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