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The Crucible

             Teens today are pressured into taking drugs, lying, and cheating. Sadly, much of the teens that get peer pressure give in. This is because teens would do anything someone else says to gain popularity or anything else because of fear of being hurt or humiliated. Teens also get pressure from adults in ways that would mostly only benefit the adult. Adults believe they have the power over the teenagers and that they can make teenagers do whatever they want. Adults would try to make teenagers do chores by any means of black-male to any means of brute force. In Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, Mary Warren was pressured by John Proctor to go into court and make a crucial decision. Pressure from the court and Mary's peers made her scared for her life, which led her to turn against John Proctor and not to go through with John's dirty work.
             The power of the court played a big role in Mary's decision to turn against John. The court didn't believe Mary when she said that Abigail was lying. Mary was afraid of the power of the court and its ability to have her hanged. Danforth was a powerful figure in the time of the trails. He had already hanged many people and he was confident enough not to think twice to hang another one. Hale said, "Excellency, I have signed seventy-two death warrants- Danforth then replies, "Mr. Hale, you surely do not doubt my justice." (Miller, 111). Mary knew that she would be hanged if Danforth did not believe her. It was that fear that caused her to turn on John Proctor.
             Mary did not want to make an appearance in court but John Proctor pressured her. When Abigail saw that Mary was going to confess against her, the girls and she quickly accused Mary of consorting with the devil in order to get out of trouble. Abigail had power over Mary and she had threatened Mary's life. In the beginning of the play, Abigail stated, " I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you- (Miller, 72).

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