Because Danforth believes that it is his God-given duty to chase the devil out of Salem, he uses his authority to rule out decisions without any regard for true justice. Such a belief contributes to the chaos in Salem. Although Abigail is a young girl, she portrays the corruption of authority as she controls the town by inciting fear and hysteria.
Mary Warren’s internal conflict plays an integral part in forwarding the plot by forcing other characters to expose their own guilt. John Proctor’s guilt is a reflection of his humanity, but also the hypocrisy of the town.
Mary Warren displays how human weakness and vulnerability can cause one to be a perfect subject for hysteria.
Although Abigail is hypocritical in her portrayal of herself as a victim, her accusations lead others to reveal their true selves. Irony is clearly portrayed by the girls, who accuse many people of witchcraft when they are the ones who are evil, leading the reader to believe that there is a discrepancy between appearance and reality.
Reverend Parris uses his authority to influence the Salem witch trials thereby creating mass hysteria. Danforth allows injustice to occur… because he fears that his authority and reputation will be questioned / to protect his reputation and authority.
John Proctor’s hypocrisy reflects the prevalence of hypocrisy in Salem village. John Proctor’s hypocrisy is integral to the development of conflict/plot in the play, The Crucible. Rev. Parris’s action of changing his mind as a result of the circumstances shows to what extent human nature is ruled by societal pressure.
Puritan society’s strict adherence to religion allows Abigail to create mass hysteria by inciting suspicion and fear. The circle girls employ hysteria to distract the people of Salem from the truth of the hypocrisy of the villagers.
Though Proctor is a prodigious man within Salem, he exemplifies the torment of hidden guilt that has the power to destroy as well as bring redemption. Rev. John Hale is a very prodigious and renowned man whose false accusations led to the death of the condemned. His guilt portrays the weakness of human judgment and our natural predilection towards casting suspicion on things we cannot explain.