If doing the right thing meant going against everything you believed in, would you do it? In Arthur Miller’s the Crucible many characters have to decide whether to do what they believe in or whether to act solely on their harsh Puritan teachings. Courage and integrity are displayed throughout the Crucible to show that even in times of hysterical fear and scathing accusations people still have the power to be virtuous. Within the theme of courage and integrity three characters stand out showing incredible morality: Reverend Hale, John Proctor, and Elizabeth Proctor.
The Crucible – Pressure and Morals
Crucible- a severe test, a hard trial or also could be define as a pot for melting metals. A severe trail could be as other then a physical it also could be mentally a severe trial like person verses self. In The Crucible, Miller reflects the theme that pressure can force people from there can force their morals. The characters in The Crucible have morals that they must up hold to be accepted into the town and church.
AP Language and Composition
04 October 2017
Moral ambiguity is lack of sense in ethical decision-making. This means morally ambiguous characters are difficult to classify as either good or evil, as they contain strong aspects of both. These types of characters generally have real problems, causing their inner conflicts, which also makes them sympathetic. Stories that have morally ambiguous characters usually create built-in tension, because there is always the question of whether their conniving nature will be able to take hold, causing them to fail in their pursuit.
The Moral of Arthur Miller's The Crucible
In the 17th century a group of Puritans from England immigrated to
America to escape persecution for their religious beliefs. The white
settlers arrived in New England in 1620, and Salem, Massachusetts had
been in existence for about forty years by 1692. Salem developed as a
theocracy. This was based on the coexistence of religious prayer and
hard work. Entertainment, such as dancing, or any enjoyment at all was
perceived as a sin.
My children do not usually experience temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, but a few years ago I decided to subject them to exactly that by enrolling them in a metalworking class at a cool school called The Crucible, in Oakland, California. Their experience with molten iron was spectacular, and the injuries (yes, there were some) were minor.
In The Crucible, Arthur Miller portrays the two main characters, John Proctor and Reverend John Hale as "good men". The term "good men" in this play is ambiguous. Reverend John Hale was a good man in the sense of being the perfect and good citizen of Massachusetts in the 1600's. He was pious, adherent to the laws and beliefs, and a good Puritan Christian. John Proctor, on the contrary would not be considered the greatest citizen. He was not so religious, nor the perfect Christian, and was not so adherent to the Puritan's laws and beliefs. However, he was still considered a "good man", as a person rather than being an ideal Puritan citizen. He was very honest, moral, loyal to his friends and family, and was generous. The two men can be contrasted as good Puritan vs. good person.
Eddie Carbone rebels against society by violating his society’s rule of watch each other’s back by narking on his wife’s cousins to immigration because one of them stole the apple of Eddie’s eye. He also took an unethical approach to attempt to control a situation that was out of his hands.
Rebecca Nurse functions as the very embodiment of virtue and goodness. John Proctor admires her for this. Even Reverend Hale enters Salem convinced of her goodness upon their first meeting. When there is controversy swirling around what happened to the girls, Rebecca Nurse is calm and collected as she suggests that nothing major is at play except children acting like children. In a social setting in which there is chaos and confusion in nearly every one of its sectors, Rebecca Nurse functions as a voice of reason. She has no political agenda, seeming to operate only as the nurturing force that has reared so many
Both of them show their moral superiority though their actions. When Rebecca was convicted of witchcraft, she refuses to bear false witness against herself and others. She would rather hang than lie. John feels as though if he hangs he’ll return his goodness so he refuses confession as well(Miller, 1231). Rebecca comforts John Proctor as they are both led to the gallows. “Let you fear nothing! Another judgment waits us all”(Miller, 1232). Both show their strength through different ways, John Proctor’s strength is in his manliness which adds to the perception of a strong and truthful character. Rebecca Nurse is not physically strong, but her strength lies in Character as of goodness, caring and truth. They both share pride of their prior reputation, Rebecca of being a landowner and John from making a living for himself. The two tragic characters also share the fact that their highly respected in their own
The Dilemmas of Conscience in The Crucible
The play "The Crucible" was written by Arthur Miller written 1950's
but was first performed in 1953. It is set in Salem, Massachusetts in
the spring of 1692 and is about a small community torn apart due to
accusations of witchcraft.
In this essay I am going to write about the affect that conscience has
on peoples' minds and decisions. Miller once said "Now I wanted to
move closer to a conscious hero".