The Crucible Questions and Answers
by Arthur Miller

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The Crucible is a play about the positive impact of religion on society. Would you agree or disagree with this statement?

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Oh, I very much disagree with this statement; this play shows the incredibly negative impact religion can have on a community when it is misused. The Bible says that Christians should not "suffer," or allow, a witch to live, and this seems to underwrite all of the heinous acts of injustice enacted during the Salem Witch Trials as depicted in Miller's play. Religion compels the Putnams to seek answers to their children's deaths in the supernatural world, and their religion tells them they must prosecute any suspected witch. It is the same with the well-meaning but misguided Reverend Hale. The accusing girls exploit religious belief, igniting fear and hysteria that spread like wildfire and eventually result in the imprisonment and death of a great number of innocent individuals.

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