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Can Injustices be Repeated Throughout History? Tyler Lisowski English 11, period 6 1
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“The Crucible” Research Project Due: December 20 th , 2009 Can Injustices be Repeated Throughout History? “History repeats itself” is a common phrase used in present day society. Many people find it hard to believe future generations can also cause the same mistake of past generations. However, the idea of injustice is repeated throughout history. In “The Crucible”, many offenses are depicted back in the 1600s during the Salem Witch Trials, which was a string of witch trials that occurred in colonial America. Additionally, identical wrongdoings occurred in a later period in history during the Red Scare that occurred in the Cold War in America. The notion that unjust actions are repeated throughout history is evidenced in both the Salem Witch Trials and the Red Scare in America through the historical events before the injustices, through the emotions felt during the injustices, and through influential officials in power during the injustices. The idea that injustices are repeated throughout history is illustrated by the events leading up to the crimes. In “The Crucible”, many events lead up to the actual trials. One important event was the election of Reverend Parris. Reverend Parris was a priest in Salem (Miller 3). Additionally, he always, “… believed he was being persecuted wherever he went…” (3). Parris’s paranoia is a major reason so much tension exists between him and the rest of the settlers in Salem, specifically a settler named John Proctor. Proctor is a farmer in Salem and has many problems with Parris. He even says that he “… sees no light of God in [Reverend Parris]” (65). Parris is paranoid that Proctor will eventually remove Parris out of his prestigious religious position. Parris’s paranoia of him plays a key role later in the play in the conviction and hanging of John Proctor since he encourages all the other key officials in the trials to hang him. This fact means that Proctor’s statement about Parris played a major role in the later conviction of him.
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