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Are the people we see everyday in the world innocent and free of sins, or are there some with evilness that resides within them? The town of salem seeks the truth of this question in Arthur Miller’s novel, The Crucible. Puritan Salem, Puritan Massachusetts in the 1690s, is struck with accusations of witchcraft that storm throughout the town, destroying the trust between everyone. John Proctor is a middle aged farmer that has committed adultery with Abigail Williams, which he ends the relationship to go back to his wife. Abigail Williams is a young girl who starts a chain of witchcraft allegations in Salem to try to get back with John Proctor after he leaves her. Abigail Williams accuses innocent people of witchcraft and nobody knows who is good and innocent, or evil and corrupt. The whole town is split between people who are Good, Evil, or somewhere in between, but sadly, Evil prevails in the end. In Salem, Massachusetts, there are the innocent and well-reputable people. When innocent people are accused of false accusations, they try their hardest to prove they are innocent of that accusation. Salem does not go by an evidence-based trial, and innocent people are hanged for these claims.False accusations cause harm on good people and their loved ones, because they can hurt the reputation they have on others. Reverend Hale is one of the only judges that realises that the people they are putting to death are innocent, “It is a lie! They are innocent!” (Miller 122). Hale Realises that they are innocent and tries to save them. He attempts to get John to confess to witchcraft, but Hale can’t, as john goes to be hanged, proving his innocence. As  Critic Budick says, “Human beings were passive recipients of a gift substantially better than anything they deserved. This theological position is hinted at in the play when Hale pleads with Elizabeth Proctor to extract a confession from her husband.” Hale pleads to elizabeth to try to save john’s life and everyone else’s from the hangings, but she won’t because it was john’s choice to be hanged.Another person who shows major signs of goodness within them is Elizabeth. Elizabeth takes the blame for john’s wrongness,  “I never knew how I should say my love. It were a cold house I kept!.” (Miller 127) She takes the blame for john going to have an affair, and she is sorry for not paying enough attention to him. Critic Abbotson observes, “What allows him to recant is the release of guilt that was given to him by his wife’s confession of her coldness and her refusal to blame him for his adultery. Elizabeth insists that he is a good man, and this finally convinces him that he is.” Even since John has committed adultery, Elizabeth forgives him because he is a good man. she believes john can stand up for himself and do what he wants to do with his life. Whatever john does, Elizabeth believes it is what a good man does.Not everyone has the reputation and influence like Rebecca Nurse had on the puritan society. Rebecca Nurse is well respected in salem and its neighboring towns for her goodness and innocence. When Hale meets Rebecca for the first time he says, “It’s strange how I knew you, but i suppose you look as such a good soul should. We have all heard of your great charities in beverly.” (Miller 34) This proves that Rebecca Nurse has a good soul and she is known for her charities in towns nearby. Critic Curtis points out, “Only Rebecca Nurse is able to declare that there is no witch-craft here, that ‘she’ll wake when she tires of it’. But Goody Nurse herself carries such an impressive burden of innocence, of positive goodness, that it is hard to say that she is simply giving a rational explanation.” This also proves that Rebecca nurse is one of the most respected people in the area. When she is accused, she claims there is no witchcraft in salem, but is still hanged. She held her reputation and respect until the end.In summary, all people within Salem that have been accused of witchcraft, but are innocent, held their innocence with them to the end. These innocent people are being hanged for accusations the were falsely placed upon them by the cruel and evil people of Puritan Salem.Aside for the good, There are the people of corruption and evil in the town of Puritan Salem. The People of Salem are thought to be pure and religious people, but they seem to be sinful individuals that falsely blame others for the good of themselves. The Judges and accusers have corrupt senses of judgement that they don’t care about what happens to other, it’s all about themselves. Cheever exclaims, “Why Abigail Williams charges her.” (Miller 69). Abigail continues her charge for witchcraft and charges Elizabeth thinking that she will be hanged and john will love her, however that is the total opposite of what happens.  Ditsky says, “Only Abigail straddles these distinctions, being given motivation enough, perhaps, but without arousing sufficient sympathy to share her cause or mitigate our judgment of the evil she commits.” This means, the reasoning for the crimes Abby has committed are her motivation as she tries to retake John Proctor. she feeling no sorrow for the people she harms while trying to achieve her goal. Another person who is corrupt in their judgement on the people of salem is Judge Danforth. Danforth fears for his reputation, “Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part; reprieve or pardon must cast doubt upon the guilt of them that died till now.” (Miller 119) Danforth refuses to stop the hangings because it will put shame on those that have already died for accusations. Moss observes, “Some officials, like Danforth, Reverend Hale, and Judge Hathorne, committed the gravest wrongs in the name of the public welfare, as they conceived it. Salem was governed by “a combine of state and religious power whose function was to keep the community together, and to prevent any kind of disunity that might open it to destruction by material or ideological enemies.” People in the higher class of officials have shame on their heads for the innocent people they put to death. they no they did wrong, but will not stop due to that shame. Finally, the last person with and evil and corrupt view on the matter and state of things is Reverend Parris. Parris announces “Tonight when i open my door to leave my house- a dagger clattered to the ground. -There is danger for me. I dare not step out at night.” (Miller 119) Parris fears for his own reputation. He fears that the witchcraft allegations will hurt his reputation as a Reverend. Abbotson says, “Proctor accuses Parris of preaching too much ‘hellfire and bloody damnation’ and saying too little about God; this becomes a kind of prophesy as Parris and the judges become more devilish in their treatment of others.” Parris, along with the other judges, treat people with less of a respect as the play goes on. all they care about is their reputation and money. The evil people in salem are the ones that survive the accusations and they know that they have done wrong but care about their reputation more than they care about others lives. Evil people are the more corrupt ones. The community can not tell who is lying or who is telling the truth and it is destroying the community.