Act III- Paradox During Act III of The Crucible, by Arthur Miller; the main way that Miller depicts the corruption rooted within Salem is through the usage of the literary gadget, paradox. The use of personal pronouns within this work of literature seems to suggest a sense of power that the people have, versus the power found within the unknown. Parris states the following in order to encourage Mary Warren to cast out the devil,” Cast the devil out! Look him in the face! Squash him! We’ll conserve you, Mary, only stand quickly against him and” (109 ).
The usage of the pronoun ‘We’ll’ offers the reader a sense of authority that is held by the high authorities in Salem. Irony is plainly stimulated since the whole idea of the tracks is to test the limitations of the spiritual world within the town of Salem. The use of individual pronouns reflects the defects that appear to sustain these trials. The questionable subject of god rooted within these trials is ironic in the sense that doing the best thing might potentially be harmful. Mary Warren proclaims that she loves god, after announcing her devilish pact, and says,” No, I like God; I go your method no more.
I like God, I bless God. Abby, Abby, I’ll never ever injure you more” (110 ). Salem ends up being so deeply rooted in lies that the idea of god becomes for those who attempt to look for the ideal thing. The choice between life and death, right and wrong, ends up being diluted, making the right decisions punishable. No matter what is confessed, somebody will either have to deal with making the wrong decision, or pass away because a best decision was made. The figurative device of paradox becomes persisting during act 3 in order to further reveal the reader the corrupt practices that are happening in Salem.