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Final Power Pyramid - The Crucible

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Miranda Hall

on 14 November 2016

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"The Crucible" Final Power Pyramid
Miranda Hall
10. All of those executed
Not all of those executed were explicitely named in the story, but many can be implied. Those such as Giles and Martha Corey, John Proctor, Rebecca Nurse, Tituba, Sarah Good, Goody Osborne, etc. clearly have lost all power given their execution. Many, however, were still able to uphold the good in their name, but that is practically meaningless when they are no longer alive.
1. Danforth
In Act IV, Danforth is still the most powerful in the court of Salem. Everyone is is either under his authority, a respectful citizen, or executed. He still directs Cheever, Hathorne, and Herrick, and he also ultimately determines those who will be tried for witchery and executed.
Eventually, it is implied that the court fails, which means those I have listed at the top of the pyramid will lose all power, resulting in any unaccused, landowning citizen becoming the highest in power; but for the sake of this assignment, I disregarded that fact.
The End!
9. Mary Warren
I am unsure of what happened to Mary Warren after she "confessed" in the courtroom that Proctor made her work for the Devil and claimed she was with God. As long as she is living, she has more power than those who are here no longer. Other than that, I have no definitive knowledge to guide me where to place her.
7. Elizabeth Proctor
Similar to Abigail and Mercy, Elizabeth Proctor creates a new life for herself, but it can be viewed as a slightly better one. She finds a new husband and will then share whatever power he has. I am sure, however, she still lost some credibility when she was proven dishonest in Act III at the courthouse, and losing her husband also had to have taken a toll on her. She still has future potential, though.
6. Hale
In Act IV, Hale comes back to the prison to pray with those who will be executed for witchery. He fails, however, at convincing those accused to confess and save their lives, proving how little an influence he is now. He does get to live his life in peace, though.
5. Mr. Putnam
Mr. Putnam was a very influential character throughout the entire story through his money and land ownership. He is not mentioned in Act IV, but after accusing so many of witchcraft and after learning the way this "just" court system works, I am sure Putnam was left free to steal more land and power.
8. Abigail Williams / Mercy Lewis
In the beginning, Abigail had sufficient power in determining the fate of others, whereas Mercy was just a servant girl working under Abigail's threatening authority. In the end, however, both Abigail and Mercy leave Salem, most likely to live out their lives without being in fear of getting reprimanded for their actions. In the section after Act IV, it says that Abigail became a prostitute in Boston which is somewhat disappointing because she had so much potential. At least the two of them were able to start a new life.
3. Parris 4. Herrick
I had difficulty determining who, out of these two, would be on top until I reread the part in Act IV where Danforth asks Herrick why he allowed Parris in the prison, and Herrick responded with, "Why, Mr. Parris commanded me, sir. I cannot deny him." Neither of them have ascertained more power than Danforth but still remain high on the totem poll, for they are on the "winning side" (the ones that are not worrying about being accused of witchcraft).
2. Cheever & Hathorne
Similar to Herrick, both Cheever and Hathorne work under Judge Danforth but are shown more respect than Herrick. This can be justified when Danforth asks Herrick in Act IV if he is drunk because of Herrick's foolish thought believing Parris had more power than him. Cheever and Hathorne will also both keep their lives, for they have not been accused of anything and remain under the protection of the one with the most power.
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