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Puritanism in The Crucible


             To the Puritan something must be done to wipe as much of it off the planet. Despite how severe it was sin is sin, Puritanism is best described as a religion with strict rules, which punished all sin because of the different branches that it could affect in the colony. The Puritan society had three major associations, which was the society and culture, the religion and spirituality. According to Edmund Burke ' 'The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing''(Brainyquotes.com). .
             ┬áThe society and the culture of the Puritan age were extremely different from modern society. The Puritans believed that the Bible was God's true guidelines for pure living. The accomplished church of the time explained that the effort of getting access to God was difficult and only possible within the surroundings of "church authority". Puritans dismissed themselves from the traditional confinements and formalities of Christianity, which had been building throughout the past 1500 years. Their objective was to attempt to "purify" the church and the lives that were associated with it. This caused a lot of ridicule amongst others concerning their faith in God and how deeply they were devoted. Since the expectation of the Puritans were to live without blemish or wrinkle they believed that all sin should be punished. They also believed that God brought forth his wrath for those who have put themselves on the threshold of sin. In The Crucible there was so many accusations and "finger pointing" when it came to others sins and shortcomings, but when it was time to look at themselves in the mirror they saw nothing but perfection. The Salem witch trials basically disintegrated the society and culture of the Massachusetts colony of 1693. There was no more trust, no more cooperation of the church and people. It was everyone for themselves. "Abigail, I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff-necked people to me, and now, just now when some good respect is rising for me in the parish, you compromise my character"(Arthur Miller, Pg.


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