John Proctor's Struggle in Miller's The Crucible

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John Proctor's Struggle in Miller's The Crucible Coursework The Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded by a group of Puritan settlers who arrived from England in 1630. The Massachusetts Bay colony was driven by the religious principles of Congregationalism. Each church and its community were supposed to be independent, but in fact they all followed the same strict code of belief and behavior. Members of the congregation who swayed from these norms were severely punished. As the community were strong Puritans, executions were public, and could take the form of hanging, beheading or pressing to death, if not a less cruel punishment would take place such as an ear, nose or limb being cut off. In 1692 In Salem Massachusetts, many people, both men and women, were hung for being witches. Arthur Miller based 'The Crucible' on the Salem witchcraft trails. When the witchcraft hysteria hit Salem, the jails were full of people accused of witchcraft and being in contact with the devil or 'evil'. As they were such a solid Puritan religion, they assosciated any kind of witchcraft with Satan. The whole witchcraft hysteria began with young girls, being rebellious and dancing naked in the forest. When discovered, the children pointed fingers at many innocent people, so they themselves would not be punished for being involved in witchcraft. The whole situation soon grew beyond everybody's control, but in December of 1692, the jails were cleared and all persons under suspicion were free once again. However, by this time nineteen people had been hanged one pressed for not confessing to this then thought crime, and at least two more people... ... middle of paper ... ..., and she, as well as Proctor himself, can see the goodness in him. John Proctor has found, and what's more faced, his essential goodness, but more importantly people close to him recognised it in him. Throughout the play John Proctor has wavered and at times lacked courage. We discovered his weaknesses. We know about his lechery with Abigail. This disturbed character is a tragic hero, he is flawed, as he has not been completely faithful to Elizabeth. He does, however, redeem himself by almost insisting he give up his own life, along with the support and well-earned respect from his saintly friends and loving wife. At the very end of the play, he has found his strength and a belief in himself, that he was desperately struggling to discover. He goes to his death with dignity and courage, his self-respect restored.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how in act 2, he is forced to face the truth about himself, but it is not revealed.
  • Narrates how the man is ready to give his name to a lie in order to save his life, but he is not.
  • Analyzes how she tells him that she knows he has looked up at her window at night.
  • Analyzes how he wants to be a good man and for it to become good.
  • Opines that they may think of you softly from time to time, but they will cut off their thoughts.
  • Opines that he thinks highly of her and still loves his wife, but will not love her.
  • Analyzes how the devil in church instead of god makes it clear that he does not worship god.
  • Opines that this joke was very spur of the moment.
  • Analyzes how god and it is received as the devil's words, as though he is trying to.
  • Opines that he doesn't want her to judge him anymore, as she knows that.
  • Analyzes how she reluctantly says it tells john she believes him to be a good man.
  • Opines that john should confess, rather than be hanged, to get him to confess.
  • Narrates how they never knew how to say their love. it were a cold house they kept.
  • Explains that the girl is a timid, quiet girl who fears mr proctor.
  • Analyzes how mary weeps and sees the side of mary that we saw at the beginning, weak.
  • Opines that she will do anything to save her name in the village.
  • Opines that elizabeth is not a good wife and that she is in love with her.
  • Analyzes how the girls' leader role is seen in act one.
  • Opines that they have seen some reddish work done at night, and they can make a statement.
  • Analyzes how she threatens them so they don't tell her of her threat.
  • Opines that no one would believe it if the truth ever came out and so wishes.
  • Analyzes how john is aware of john's evil, and to not believe what he says.
  • Opines that they dare not take a life without proof of the lord.
  • Opines that in their ignorance, they find it hard to draw a clear opinion of them.
  • Opines that his conscience will not allow him to just go by the word of abby.
  • Analyzes how the man sticks to his morals and refuses to say he saw danger.
  • Opines that they have signed it. you have seen me. it is done!
  • Opines that god knows how black my sins are.
  • Opines that proctor does not wish to be reminded of his sin by having it nailed.
  • Analyzes the irony of the man's refusal to let them take his name.
  • Opines that his reaction to this is the turning point of his life.
  • Opines that he is one of few to come to not give in to the experience.
  • Opines that they see a shred of goodness in john proctor.
  • Opines that hale can see and knows it is the good thing to do.
  • Analyzes how proctor meant to be a man of no evil. this happens again much later in the play, at the end of act three,"i say - i say, god is dead!"
  • Opines that if you breathe a word about the other things, i will come to you in the black of some terrible night.
  • Analyzes how in the early stages of the play he admits, "i do not deny it, sir, but i never saw any of them naked."
  • Analyzes how the man tries to persuade both him and his wife to change his mind. "man you will hang!" shows that he can see some good in
  • Opines that confession would be wrong, and of course a lie. as he says this, it's almost as though it has given in to evil.
  • Explains that they lie and sign themselves to lies because they are not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang!
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