The theme of Cruelty in "The Crucible" Without any doubt cruelty is present in any society, however, in Salem's community, it gains a new power. In fact, whole Salem's governing system depends on atrocity. Or rather not on cruelty, but on religion, that supports this idea. Puritanism religion is fully based on cruelty. If you would not go to church you will be punished. If you are working on Sunday you will be punished. If you birth child on Sunday you will be punished There are also cruelty between people. All their relationships are based on it. Based on cruelty because it is vital. In Salem, everyone can be hanged even if someone doesn't have good relationships with you. Or if you have too good relationships with someone... Scene - 1 There are 4 girls in this room. Betty is lying on the bed. Abigail, Mercy an Mary Warren are standing next to her. Than suddenly Betty woke up and tries to fly to her "mommy", who, according to Abigail, is dead and buried. Girls are trying to catch her. After catching Betty Abigail trying to manipulate her. She said, that: "And mark this—let either of you breathe a word or the edge of a word about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it. I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!", which shows incredible Abigail's intelligence level and manipulating skills. Through cruelty she makes Betty do what she wants, and in this case, she saves her own skin. Than John Proctor enters.
Scene - 2 There are three characters there John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, and Mary Warren. All the performances take place at John's house at late evening. Proctor was eating dinner, cooked by Elizabeth, but suddenly Mary entered. They have a large discussion about Warren's curfew. And in order to atone for her guilt, Mary decided to give a puppet, that Abigail gave to her, to Elizabeth, which then turned out to be the main evidence against Proctor's wife in court. When Abigail ordered Mary to give the doll to Elizabeth, she committed an act of cruelty, through which that Parris's niece was trying to get her cherished goal, become a wife of John Proctor.
Scene - 3 There are Danforth, Hathorne, Parris, John Proctor, Hale, Cheever, Abigail, Mary, Susanna Walcott and other girls in this scene. It is all taken place in Salem's meeting house, now serving as the anteroom of the General Court. Now girls are trying to confirm the involvement of Mary Warren in witchcraft by performing synchronous movements and gestures, as well as repeating all her words and expressions. Through cruelty girls trying to save their life. If anyone would not be found guilty in witchcraft, they would be the first to become hanged. All in all, cruelty works instantly in society, but it is not always giving the right results. On the example of Salem, we can see, that people are ready to do anything for their own wealth and to save their own skin, which can even be someone else's life