The pacific conservatory theatre presents arthur miller's masterful and intense american tragedy, the crucible, f rom february 15 to march 4 in the crucible 's gripping storyline, an invisible enemy unleashes a dangerous hysteria. The crucible: theocracy is a dangerous form of government imagine being put on trial knowing the word innocent would not be used that particular day nothing could help considering that this government was based on religion, and g-d was obviously not showing up in person. The setting for the crucible is a community governed by a theocracy where religious laws legally rule people's lives in this play, the rules are a strict form of puritanism the puritans believed people either belong to god or the devil, with no room for doubt.
In a pure theocracy, the civil leader is believed to have a direct personal connection with the civilization's divinity god himself is recognized as the head of the state taken literally or strictly, theocracy means rule by god or gods and refers primarily to an internal rule of the heart, especially in its biblical application. Because salem was part of a theocracy during this era, there was no distinction between church and state: the ecclesiastical and the civic were one and the same this means that church law was.
In a theocracy, part of the state's role is policing belief therefore, there is a good deal of pressure on the average citizen to inform on the blasphemous speech of his or her neighbors in the name of christian duty. A theocracy is dangerous because it is built on an untruth, a philosophical error, a lie all of them even if the religion involved is true, as i believe christianity to be, a government purporting to be subject to and ruled by god is at best only ruled by some group of people, and their own ideas about god. Arthur miller's famous play, 'the crucible', is many things: a political allegory of mccarthy's communist witch-hunt, a reflection on the nature and flaws of theocracy, a depiction of one man's struggle to decide what matters most to him in this world.
A system of divine government where god is the ultimate leader in a theocracy, government leaders are members of the clergy (religious leaders or church officials), and the state´s legal system is based on religious law. The crucible: theocracy is a dangerous form of government the similarities of the ancient roman government and the american government absolutism: the best form of government best form of government compairson between the inca government and american government religion influences the united states government duty-based person is an unjust. The flaw of this version of the crucible, to my mind, is that whishaw's proctor is too defeated from the beginning, and thus the rationalist side of the play's central conflict is too weak.
(click the themes infographic to download) john proctor, the protagonist of the crucible, is in desperate need of forgiveness at the start of the play but his wife seems torn about whether to. The crucible is four acts and 134 pages of tight dialogue and economical action it can be hard to pick out particular moments or quotes as being key since everything moves along so quickly. During the 1990s arthur miller's play the crucible was widely read in british, continental european and american schools, introducing miller's own particular hollywood-style morals at the cost of christian truths. Here it is established that theologically the minister, in this case, parris, is supposed to be the ultimate decider of morality in salem the church, in theocratic massachusetts, defines conscience right and wrong is decided by authority, and the authority here is the church law is based on the doctrines of the church, and salem is a theocracy.
The trials in the crucible take place against the backdrop of a deeply religious and superstitious society, and most of the characters in the play seem to believe that rooting out witches from their community is god's work. An ideology is a rigid set of beliefs that defines what an individual or community thinks in the puritan theocracy of massachusetts, a government run by religious authorities, the dominant ideology held that the puritans were a chosen people that the devil would do anything to destroy. A theocracy is where the law makers of the group (or established colony) are in power based upon their divine guidance what this means is that the church made the rules and forced the rules to.