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7 Deadly Sins
Transcript of 7 Deadly Sins
By: Ashley Riccardino & Mira Dibattiste
The seven deadly sins are, if committed, punishable by eternity in hell. Each character in The Crucible has committed at least one, if not more of these deadly sins. These are only a few examples.
Uncontrolled or illicit sexual desire or appetite
Abigail Williams lusts over John Proctor after their affair; she even goes after Elizabeth in court because she wants John so badly. Most of their interactions include Abigail completely just staring wide eyed at John, or trying to convince him to take her back. She mentions how she "forgets how strong" he is and how she has seen him staring at her window so me MUST love her still.
Vengeance or punishment as the consequence of anger
a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck.
Mrs. Ann Putnam is the biggest case of envy throughout the entire play as she lets envy essentially destroy the life of Rebecca Nurse. Rebecca Nurse, who is regarded so highly in the community, is someone Mrs. Putnam would definitely be jealous of. Because of Mr. Putnam's reputation, her reputation falls with his so it would make sense that she would be jealous of a highly respected saint like Rebecca. Not only this, but Rebecca has 11 children, while Mrs. Putnam lost all but one of her children within the first two days of their lives.
Abigail is another great example of envy in the play because she is extremely envious of Elizabeth being able to love John Proctor, so much so that she consistently tries to take her out so that she can take Elizabeth's place. Her combined lust for John and envy for Elizabeth leads to the ridiculous, unfair, and unprecedented accusation of Elizabeth.
Mr. Putnam displays Gluttony since the beginning of the play. His daughter, Ruth, is one of the girls making accusations of witchcraft. He has said to be "reaching out for land." He manipulates his daughter into accusing people so when they are in jail, he can acquire their land. An example of this is when Ruth accused George Jacobs because he had land around theirs that Mr. Putnam wanted. His desire for land is rich and will have innocent people murdered to get more.
Inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires
Intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.
Parris most accurately displays greed in the play because of his desire to maintain his wealthy taste. He mentions multiple times to Proctor how he wants golden candlesticks for his altar, which shows that he wants expensive things that are completely unnecessary, just to show he is wealthy. Golden candlesticks work no better than regular candlesticks, he just wants to show his wealth to the town, and consistently seems unsatisfied with what he already has.
Reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness
One of the biggest examples of sloth in the play is the case of George Walcott and Martha Corey. Walcott was too lazy to feed his pigs and let them die and instead of taking the blame for his laziness, he blames it on Martha's "witchcraft". If Walcott hadn't been so lazy and remembered to feed his pigs, Martha would've never have been accused/convicted.
Another situation dealing with Sloth is Danforth's attitude towards the witch trials. Instead of actually looking into the cases, looking into the girls accused and looking into the people accusing and what their motives might be, he blindly trusts everybody's accusation and ends each case there. If you were accused, you were either jailed or hung. There was no "we did further investigation and found you are not guilty of witchcraft," and that unwillingness to make an effort displays sloth perfectly.
Danforth shows a great amount of Pride. He is always asking people in the court if they know who he is and that he will hang ten thousand people if condemned of witchcraft. He believes that he is doing the right thing and tries to convince the people of Salem that they would be doing their duty as a Christian with supporting the Witch trials. He always references God and how witches are evil and deserve to be hanged.
A feeling of superiority; A haughty attitude shown by somebody who believes, often unjustifiably, that he or she is better than others
Danforth shows wrath the most in the play because of how he acts towards Parris when he asks Danforth to essentially stop the witch hunt all together. He reacts incredibly defensively and when Parris asks for a postponement, he continually hangs more people. He doesn't necessarily punish Parris directly for his anger but he punishes the accused.