“The process of purification and change represents the major themes in the Crucible”
Discuss this statement critically and argue the merits/demerits of the quote
The themes of purification and change is one of the major themes of the book hence the title the crucible. A crucible is an instrument which is used to purify and change metals.
While undergoing this severe test, Reverend Parris changes into a man totally different from who he once was. In the beginning of the play, Reverend Parris is a greedy, haughty and a prideful man who thinks he should have power over everything, including the church. His greediness is evident when John Proctor describes how Reverend Parris demanded they have gold candlesticks in the church, when before, pewter candlesticks were acceptable. Another sign of Reverend Parris’s greediness is when he argues that he does not receive enough pay, does not get the firewood he deserves, and that he needs the deed to his house. However, he begins to feel remorseful and swallows his pride. This is shown when he begins to feel guilty about hanging all the citizens of good name in town, as well as when he realizes Abigail is not the saint she seems.
During these times of trial, Reverend Hale of Beverly is called into Salem due to the assumed witch craft that was going on. Reverend Hale was a boastful man with knowledge and training in the demonic arts, and arrived at Salem full of pride believing that he can easily defeat the witches. He easily believed Abigail Williams and the others and immediately sends people to the gallows for accused witch craft. However, after he meets with Proctor and Goody Proctor because Goody Proctor was accused. He realized that he has been condemning innocent people to their graves by believing Abigail Williams’s and the stories of all the other girls that cry witchcraft. He change from a prideful man to a man who has accepted he was wrong and when he tries to change the false accusations and spare the lives of those which he still can.
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Even though, the village change, Abigail Williams does not change. Abigail initiates the attempt of witchery and blames Tituba, she also blames other villagers who she does not like in order to rid of them from her life. This is a clear portrayal of Abigail’s spitefulness and cruelty . This is the same throughout the play, and can be seen when she accuses Elizabeth Proctor of stabbing her with a needle, as well as when she steals all of her uncle’s money.
Thus we see that the quote ‘The process of purification and change represents the major themes in the crucible’ is valid as the play portrays the change in the society after the mass hysteria. The hysteria helps the ignition of purification and change therefore; hysteria is also a major theme in the play.