Examples Of Utilitarianism In The Crucible

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In the text, Miller notes, “a political policy is equated with moral right, and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence. Once such an equation is effectively made, society becomes a congeries of plots and counterplots, and the main role of government changes from that of the arbiter to that of the scourge of God,” meaning that laws in Salem are God's laws; and therefore moral rights. To go against it is to go against God himself. Once this precedent is set, society will be plagued with people using the court for their own personal gain. As John Proctor said, “vengeance is walking in Salem… the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law,” (73). Any citizen with a vendetta against another else has the …show more content…
People in the United States were willing to surrender their freedom go ensure this. Freedom in any society is surrendered in the midst of fear and hysteria as a desperate grasp for stability. This, added to the inherent traits of the human nature; greed, pride, and revenge, whether it be in 1600’s Salem or 1900’s America brings loss of freedom. In these circumstances, the voice of reason and application of logic is useless. Rebecca Nurse, one of the most revered women in the community, demonstrates the voice of reason in the crucible by encouraging the community to stop blaming their problems on their enemy, but to look into themselves. However, not only was she overlooked, but she herself was accused of witchcraft. Ann Putnam, a woman in the town, who was driven mad by losing seven of her children at birth, whom Rebecca delivered accused her. Instead of looking to herself to blame, she blamed Rebecca and accused her of witchcraft, which eventually led to her execution (25). Furthermore, in times of great threat, it has proven true time and time again that the desire for stability will always overpower