Act IV of the Crucible

In Arthur Miller’s play, “The Crucible”, society members who accused of witchcraft were killed by being hanged (Beau, 2016). Harthone, the Judge revealed he was cheered by the crowds as he hanged the witches, who were less respected in the society. But when it came to reputable members of the society like John Proctor, the same crowd was very bitter. Reverend Hale tried to intervene by telling Proctor’s wife Elizabeth to convince him to confess to witchcraft and save her family. Proctor already knew if he confessed God would forgive him because “life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it”.

Many religions and laws consider the “thou shalt not kill’ commandment in some way.  The commandment in the bible allow people to protect each other’s life instead of taking it. Nevertheless, the same law also states some circumstances where killing may be justified (Young et al., 2013). Killing an enemy is one of them. Soldiers are allowed ...