Watching this play now, through my adult eyes, it is the most infuriating thing I have ever watched. Rarely do I want to jump on stage and shake the actors into reason, but there were a few occasions where it was hard for me to stay in my seat - and that means Arthur Miller's writing did it's job. There are, however, a few important lessons that I think we could all learn from this play:
- The importance of the separation of church and state. It was really discomforting to watch people's Christianity put on trial.
- Leaders should never be above scrutiny - questioning the priest or the judge was treated as on par with blasphemy (probably because they thought they were all buddy-buddy with God and thus could do no wrong) and anyone who did it ended up in jail.
- If you are trying to determine how good of a Christian a woman is, it's probably a smarter idea to ask HER the ten commandments, not her husband.
- When you tell someone that a confession will save their life you're going to get a whole lot of false confessions.