Thursday, December 11, 2014

Order vs. Freedom

When Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible he said “It is still impossible for man to organize his social life without repressions, and the balance has yet to be struck between order and freedom.” The Crucible is a great example of the unsteadiness of order and freedom in a society. The girls who were involved in witch craft blame others to save themselves. They start making up lies in and out of the court to protect themselves. For example, Abigail pretends that Mary Warren's spirit is attacking the girls to make Mary appear as a witch. The older men and judges believe them and hang the possible witches to help protect Salem. The men are trying to help the order while the girls are protecting their freedom. 
Today, we still struggle with the balance of order and freedom. An example from earlier years is communism. People would do anything so they wouldn't be considered a communist because once one was accused their lives were over. They were protecting their freedom, while officials thought they were helping order by accusing people. Order is based on one's own ideas and beliefs. Therefore, even though it could hurt people accusing people was necessary to help the U.S. Personally, I believe people care about themselves more than the community and care more for freedom instead of order. They want to look good for others instead of have everyone look good as one. 

1 comment:

  1. I really liked this post! I agree that people are mostly concerned with themselves, and would rather have themselves look better, and don't really care for the most part what we all look like together as a society.