His opinion on witches changes over time after noticing the lies of Abigail and the other girls. At first he says things like, “Reverend Hale: There is a misty plot afoot so subtle we should be criminal to cling to old respects and ancient friendships.” Here Reverend Hale is trying to defend the witch trials after Rebecca Nurse was arrested. After the witch trials began, Reverend Hale’s opinion changed. He said “Let you not mistake your duty as I mistook my own. I came into this village like a bridegroom to his beloved, bearing gifts of high religion; the very crowns of holy law I brought, and what I touched with my bright confidence, it died; and where I turned the eye of my great faith, blood flowed up.”(p. 132) John Proctor is a well respected farmer throughout Salem.
Miller reveals early on in the play Proctor's infidelity, the first step towards his downfall. However, John Proctor redeems himself by sacrificing his reputation in court in an attempt to save his wife and friends from the gallows. Proctor refuses to lie by confessing to witchcraft, thus retaining his last shred of dignity. Though fault riddled Proctor's flaws lead to his downfall, his refusal to lie in order to save himself displays his heroic nature. From the beginning of the play Miller establishes that John Proctor committed adultery.
A major theme in both the article and the play is fear over reason. Miller wrote his play to demonstrate instances when fear overcomes reason. In the article he states that, “…its [The Crucible’s] paranoid center is still pumping out the same darkly attractive waning that it did in the fifties” (Miller 5). This warning is that of the dangers of fear over reason, and the consequences that go with it. In the novel, fear over reason is displayed when Tituba confesses to witchcraft rather than be hanged.
This bitter and vindictive personality of his causes him to value himself far above others. This explains why Putnam feels little remorse for using the witch trials as a tool to for personal gain even though the in order to do so he must hurt his neighbor. In the beginning of the play while arguing with John Proctor over land, Putnam threatens, “You load ... ... middle of paper ... ...of desperation he confesses to having an affair with Abigail and then explains this is why Abigail wishes to kill Elizabeth. When the court still does not believe him he cries out, “I have rung rung the doom of my good name - you will believe me” (Miller 111). Even though John Procter ruins his honor to stop Abigail, Elizabeth is still sentenced to hang.
Miller uses 'The Crucible' as a mirror to reflect his views on the anti-communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy's "witch hunts" in the U.S. Reissue. By using the historical and controversial issue of the Salem Witch Trials, Arthur Miller's play presents an allegory for the events in modern-day America. It exploits these past events to criticize the moments in humankind's history when reason and fact became clouded by unreasonable fears and the desire to put the blame for societies dilemmas on others. The phoney witch hysteria in Salem deteriorated the sensible, and emotional stability of its citizens. Therefore exploiting the population's weakest qualities and insecurities.
Abigail seeks revenge for the Proctors, because of John marrying Elizabeth instead of Abigail, and Abigail follows through with her revenge by accusing Elizabeth of witchcraft. Putnam thinks he must get revenge on Goody Nurse. He feels this was because all of Goodie's land was sold to Giles Cory but was supposed...
"All conflict in literature is, in its simplest form, a struggle between good and evil." This means that all conflict in any work is basically just a fight between the forces of good and evil. The Crucible by Arthur Miller and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne show that this statement is true. The Crucible agrees with the lens because in Puritan society of 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts, hunts are being held to find those who have sinned and practice witchcraft but unfortunately innocent people are accused. The Crucible is set in Salem, Massachusetts and John Proctor, the protagonist, is a farmer who is found by his wife having an affair with a teenager.
893) he asked Abigail Williams, but the only thing she told him was witchcraft and even then John got a hint that something was suspicious about what was happening with the girls in the town. When John and Abigail are alone before he is about to leave town, a discovery is made that he lusted with Abigail and that she still has feelings for John. In act two ... ... middle of paper ... ...rotected his family, protected his name, and fought against the lie of witches in the town of Salem. John Proctor has the true spirit of a Puritan. In conclusion John Proctor is a man who fought for what he believed in and fought for others.
The Crucible, a play by the famous playwright Arthur Miller, retells the story of the witch trials occurring in Salem during the seventeen century. Between lies, deceiving and treachery, Salem was the place of a relatively massive genocide solely based upon unproved facts and accusations. However, the real message being the story is something else altogether as The Crucible is an allegory denouncing McCarthyism. The present written task will focus on the following question “If the text had been written in a different time or place or language or for a different audience, how and why might it differ?” Based on the context of this literary piece, we will therefore see how a text might change based on time period, the setting and the language used in the play The Crucible and the audience for which it was written. The aim of this task is also to visualize the reasons for these differences if the changes occur.
Eventually in the end, Abigail betrays John by accusing his wife of witchcraft. Every experience gained and lost is what makes life worth living. Hope is what makes life worth living according to The Declaration of Independence. It states in The Declaration of Independence, “He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records…” (Jefferson 157). In this paragraph Jefferson is talking about the King of England and how horrible he was.