In the Crucible the theme intolerance comes up quite often. The characters are intolerant of people who do not conform to their religion. If someone is not religious on the level that they are on, or has a different belief they are accused of being with the Devil and are accused of witchcraft. Today people can say they don’t believe in God without fear of being hung. Intolerance and fear can be seen in gender discrimination.
Intolerance; unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behavior that differ from one's own.
“she’ll kill me for sayin’ that - Mary Warner (76 Miller)
The fear of consequence is presented when Mary tells the court that the girls are faking. The intolerance and exclusion shown is presented of how quick the community of Salem demonstrates it when someone is accused of witchcraft.
How does this relate to modern times, in gender there is a lot of intolerance. For example there is unequal pay between men and women, also the more job opportunities for men then there are women.
Danforth says in Act III, “a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it.” (Miller). This is suggesting to intorism.
Everyone in Salem would all jump on the idea that that person is a witch if one of the girls cried wolf. If any of the girls tried to go out and say they were lying, they were put back into silence by Abigail. For instance when Mary Warner disagreed and said it was all a lie Abigail pretended she was a witch. All of the people are intolerant of dissents not merely unlawful, it is associated with satanic activity. Sin and the status of an individual’s soul are matters of public concern, they are nosy wanting to be in everyone's business.
Today intolerance is seen in work places. The interview questions are different for hiring women; Like if they are or planning to get pregnant. Diminished responsibilities, like if a women wants to help carry out boxes from an unloading truck, most cases the men will tell her not to that it is a “man's job”. Why are women seen as a secretary most of the time why can’t a man be a secretary, or why can’t a man be a stay at home dad. Even the intolerance of the skin color of someone in a work place, or how much money they have, and even what they wear.
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