The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in the late 17th century. It’s plot revolves around several accusations of witchcraft that occur after Reverend Parris’s daughter, Betty falls unconscious. It is later revealed that several of the girls from the town had danced naked in the woods attempting to conjure spirits to hurt the wife of a local farmer named John Proctor. The leader of the prohibited dancing in the woods was Abigail Williams, the niece of Reverend Parris who had obtained help with conjuring spirits from Tituba a slave who Reverend Parris had brought with him from his trip to Barbados. Abigail has been in love with John Proctor since she had became his servant but due to complications, her working relationship was terminated. In this essay, I will be addressing John Proctor and the decisions he made throughout the play. Throughout The Crucible, John Proctor manages to keep up his defiance and transform his “bad” decisions of the past into a way where he can positively impact as well as help others and himself. John Proctor is first introduced in the play as the love of Abigail Williams, a girl residing with her uncle, Reverend Parris. Her and the family’s slave, Tituba, are being scolded by the Reverend for supposedly conjuring spirits which have made the Reverend’s daughter, Betty fall unconscious. There had been earlier tension between Abigail and the Proctors, specifically John’s wife, Elizabeth (Goody) Proctor. These complications led to her being discharged as a servant to the Proctors. John has assured Abigail that he is not interested in reviving their previous affair despite Abigail’s longing for him. Abigail, whose feelings for John are still very strong, says on page 22 of the... ... middle of paper ... ...hem with it!” (John Proctor, Page 133). John ends up dying as a sinner to God and still managed to keep up his goodness and heroism. John Proctor managed to rewrite all his past wrongs over the course of the play and manage to die in sin. He respected himself as well as his family and friends and managed to not damage their names as well. Through sorting out his relationship with Abigail and being a very mature person, he is able to stick to his values and reinvent himself. He also manages to not upset his wife and be the supportive person the town longs for. He dies as the one person who’s willing to sacrifice their innocence and life for the future of the town. He has exposed the judiciary system, and opened up a gateway for others to question the legitimacy of all the accusations made towards others and all the potential executions of innocent people that followed.

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