Arthur indicates conforming with the church’s belief. Or dying

Arthur Miller, presents in The Crucible the theme that conforming to society’s idealistic standards thereby leads to the destruction of individualistic beliefs. Throughout the play characters preserved their life by lying and therefore admitting to having ‘relations with the devil’. Which indicates conforming with the church’s belief. Or dying through silence, which preserves one’s individualistic beliefs. Miller develops the theme of conformity through characterization, setting, and tone.Through the characterization of Mary Warren, it is evident that fear perpetuates conformity, and therefore suppress individual values. Marry struggles with the fear of standing up for what’s right when she’s testifying in court. When testifying against Abigail she feels “discomfort” and “averts her eyes” when asked directly (94). ┬áHer fear becomes evident when she is “sobbing in terror” when Abigail intervenes in her testimony (97). As a result of fear and panic, Marry struggles with the fundamental issue to reveal the truth, or posing the issue of choosing to embrace the conformity of the community as she fears the consequences of her belief of standing for what’s right, and therefore sacrificing her freedom. The church’s ideals portray that by assigning the blame on someone else, allows one to purges the soul by condemning the evil. Miller critiques conforming isa result of fear, showing the suppression people faced as they were unable to act and think and expresses their beliefs and values freely.Miller further portrays conformity through the development of the time period in which the Salem witch trial took place.The basic setting for the play is “Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692″(vii). In addition, the religious practices and beliefs in the play strictly represented the theocracy of the Christian, puritanical values. In this specific time period witchcraft was seen as the devil’s work therefore when Tituba was accused of witchcraft she had no choice but to accuse others in order to “deflect punishment” from herself , exemplifying her conforming to the puritan belief that one can purge their soul to god by condemning others(8). Tituba’s attempt at deflecting punishment as that point had suppressed her individualistic identity as soon as she had given up her accepting her actions. Miller criticizes the puritan society by implying that one can escape consequences, through the justification of good and evil.To portray the theme of conformity, Miller develops a desperate tone in Act III. Abigail further lies when in court she “screams in pain” after acting like she was attacked (101). In order to make her case plausible, her lies further accumulate in order to continually justify her actions in who is condemned as evil. Due to her self-derived motivation, her attempts at exemplifying the evil of other becomes more desperate. To preserve herself, she goes to far extents, that exemplify her change from being herself to the desperation she faces in order to fit into society. Miller critiques the desperation and hysteria created by the conformity of the characters to the church’s beliefs, by exemplifying the extents in which people are willing to go through in order to preserve themselves, even if it meant relinquishing freedom.