The Crucible Quotes

Saturday, July 30 by E. Newman

"The Crucible" quotes reveal several thematic elements to the film's storyline. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder, the film was released in 1996 and received two Oscar nominations. An adaptation of Arthur Miller's theatrical production, the film explores the destruction that can result from extreme religious and political thought and behavior. "The Crucible" quotes reveal the underlying premise behind both of these extremes. 

  1. "Hell and Heaven grapple on our backs, and all our old pretenses ripped away. God's icy wind will blow." Within this "Crucible" quote is perhaps the idea that one religious belief is superior to another and that only one belief leads to salvation. It challenges that idea, indicating that either heaven or hell could be the end result for any set of beliefs. 
  2. "The pure in heart need no lawyers." Again, the assumption here seems to be that if one leads a pure life they will not find themselves faced with hardship or in a position of defense.
  3. "Let you beware, Mr. Danforth. Do you think yourself so mighty the Devil may not turn your wits?" This "Crucible" quote challenges political and religious power that some leaders may assume. Power has the ability to delude people into thinking that they cannot commit any wrongdoing.
  4. "If you know not what a witch is how do you know you are not one?" A "Crucible" quote that reveals that an individual cannot condemn another for their beliefs if they have not educated themselves on what those beliefs are.
  5. "Mr. Paris, you are a brainless man!" This quote reveals the idea that political and religious systems can exert such influence as to prevent its members from actually thinking about why they feel and act the way they do. It is a "Crucible" quote that is synonymous to the idea of "blind sheep."
  6. "I say – I say – God is dead!" This can be interpreted as a lack of righteousness and compassion in systematic behavior driven by extreme dogma.
  7. "These are heavy books." "Well, they should be. They are weighted with authority." This is a "Crucible" quote that reveals the power that certain political and religious documents are given.
  8. "Who weeps for these weeps for corruption." A quote that reveals that anyone who empathizes with those who deflect from the majority are in fact are the enemy and need to be punished.
  9. "It needs a cold wife to prompt lechery." This quote could perhaps be interpreted as a satirical comment on the extreme expectations of women in a traditional religious system.
  10. "WHORE! How do you call heaven?" Similar to the previous "Crucible" quote, this reveals the ideology behind extreme religion.

-Helen Akers

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