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The year is 1692, and Abigail Williams has only cried witch. Under brutal Puritan values, anybody accused and found guilty of witchcraft is to be publicly hung in the town square. Even the Puritan theocracy, leaving no space for hardship or opposition, was flipped upside down. In Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, Miller illustrates the dangers of Puritan theocracy: where personal liberty are oppressed, cruel and unusual punishments are implemented, and where the leaders could manipulate the sacred books and laws to rule by unrestricted authority in the name of the celestial. The term theocracy stems from the Greek word "theos" which means God, along with the term "cracy" meaning law (Dictionary.com). A theocratic government is one "where a God, or a god, is known as the supreme civil ruler and where the religious authorities rule the state since God's, or even a god's agents" (World Book Dictionary). In Salem, the reverend ruled and directed the citizens under the representation of God, and also at Miller's book The Crucible, Reverend Parris rules the community, acting like God's station into the citizens of Salem Village. Individuality in Puritan society was very dangerous because believing otherwise threatens the entire base of this theocratic system. In order to curb the identity of this community, the citizens were granted minimum personal freedoms. Fundamental human rights and freedoms such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to think freely, the right to due process, along with also the right to spend their time openly weren't allowed to the people of Salem. These freedoms were removed so as to keep them on the route of this "straight and narrow" and also to curb some individualistic tendencies. Freedom of speech is a luxu...

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