Rebellion In The Crucible Essay

analytical Essay
1007 words
1007 words

In the Crucible, we are introduced to the main protagonist John Proctor; the way that Arthur Miller presents him by rebelling against the authority in Salem. Out of the entire town he is the only person that speaks out, realising that the authority is unfair and unjust; he is not like everyone else in the town who keeps quiet to themselves. There are many situations where we the readers can see very clear examples of him rebelling against the authority that controlled Salem. One example of Proctor rebelling against authority in Salem was when he did not go to church on a Sabbath day and instead decided to pray in his own home ‘Mr Proctor, your house is not a church; your theology must tell you that’. That is one clear example of him rebelling …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how arthur miller presents john proctor in the crucible by rebelling against ity in salem.
  • Analyzes how john proctor's refusal to go to church is a clear sign of rebellion against ity. he believes in god and prays to him directly without needing gold candlesticks.
  • Analyzes how john proctor rebels against reverend parris and the church by not baptising his third child because he is selfish and prideful.
  • Analyzes how arthur miller uses reverend hale to help john proctor with the enforcing of rebellion and realising that the society and authority is broken in salem.
  • Concludes that arthur miller uses john proctor to show readers that anyone in a town, village or society can rebel against ity, no matter their social standing or position in the hierarchal system.

You had to attend Church every single day, the most important being Sunday, and that already itself shows you how strict the religion is. However, with that strictness it does not apply to John Proctor at all. As I mentioned earlier attendance of Church is very important, but in this case John Proctor did not attend in some weeks showing the signs of rebellion ‘…a minister may pray to God without he have golden candlesticks upon the altar’. We see how John Proctor is refusing to go to Church and pray and that is a clear sign of rebellion against the authority, but as well as that we see the other side of him. This meaning that he believes in God and prays to him directly without needing the ‘golden candlesticks’ or actually going to church, in addition to that he does not need people knowing if he has gone to church or not. He has a mind-set that only God should know if he has prayed or that he has confessed to his sins. No one in the town should know information about that other than God himself ‘God does not need my name nailed upon the church! God sees my …show more content…

In terms of rebelling against Reverend Parris he doesn’t ‘…see no light of God in that man…’ it clearly tells us that Proctor has no trust in Parris at all and even not trusting a Reverend shows a sign of rebellion against the authority. As Parris is a Reverend it means he is a member of the Church and so has some authority over some people, however with Proctor he does not comply with what Parris tells him causing him to essentially rebel against the authority (the Church) by not baptising his third child because of Reverend Parris. But as well as that another reason why Proctor does not want Reverend Parris to baptise his third child is because of how selfish and prideful he is. ‘…I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff-necked people to me, and now, just now when some good respect is rising for me in the parish, you comprise my very character…’ this quote shows the type of character that Reverend Parris is, only caring about his reputation and his authority instead of looking after his family. He is more concerned about what happens to him and his position instead of his family, so we understand why John Proctor does not want his third child baptised by him as there is ‘…no light of God in that

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