The Crucible/Allusions

Allusion to creation of the Devil with the fall of Lucifer from Heaven (goodness becoming evil) “until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven” (Hale about Rebecca Nurse)
Allusion to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who called for Jesus’ execution but washed his hands of any guilt or blame “Pontius Pilate! God will not let you wash your hands of this!” (Proctor to Hale)
Allusion to Exodus of the Jews from Israel (Moses’ power/Abigail’s power) “Abigail brings the other girls into the court, and where she walks the crowds will part like the sea for Israel” (Elizabeth)
Allusion to Raphael and Tobias (Tobias’ goodness defeating a demon) “‘Do that which is good, and no harm shall come to thee'” (Proctor to Mary for her to confess)
Allusion to ‘wheels within wheels’ (a situation is complicated and affected by secret or indirect influences; may be referring to God or motivations of the villagers) “There are wheels within wheels in this village” (Ann Putnam)

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