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The Crucible By John Proctor

- ... Hale: I pray it, I pray it dearly. (He looks to both of them, an attempt at a smile on his face, but his misgivings are clear.) Well, then-I’ll bid you goodnight” (199). The above quotation is a direct excerpt from the play that showcases the importance of religion in their society of deceit and where social status is of high importance. The irony of this scene is very easy to detect when you focus on the knowledge John Proctor had forgotten when questioned by Reverend Hale. He has left out the commandment that condemns adultery, or engaging in sexual intercourse with someone a person is not married to....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By John Proctor

- Character’s standards are based upon how they interpret situations, how the react in scenarios, and what they believe in; if their standards are not accepted by the community they will most definitely be shunned. The Salem town, where this play took place, is based upon the church’s morals. Here each character must execute the rights believed by the church to be allowed in the church and the town of Salem. If the rulers of Salem do not approve someone’s actions or believe their righteous in the eyes of God, they will be considered guilty....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By John Proctor

- ... There are many others who stay away from church these days because you hardly ever mention God anymore.” (Miller need page number) For someone to be that brutally honest to the man that holds the highest position or calling in the Puritan church just goes to show that he is willing to admit anything and everything. Keep in mind that is also the highest status in the town itself. It is equivalent to being the mayor of the town. Another piece of evidence that we found is when John realizes that he has to confess his sin of adultery to the courts, only to stop the madness that is occurring in Salem....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By John Proctor

- Choose three of the characters in the crucible and show how Miller presents the motivations for their actions. Think about: Reputation- is this a motivating factor for any of the characters Power – Which characters are motivated by power Witchcraft – how are the accusations used. Who benefits. How. The individual and the society – how might the particular community situation in Salem be a motivating factor for some characters. 800 – 1250 words In the crucible characters are motivated by various themes such as, reputation, power, witchcraft and society....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Witchcraft]

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Character Analysis of John Proctor from The Crucible

- Character Analysis of John Proctor from The Crucible The consequences of shirking accountability for ones actions are depicted through the tribulations John Proctor faced, in Arthur Miller's, The Crucible. Although John reluctantly became involved in the Salem witch trials, his initial silence proved to be the downfall of not only himself, but of his fellow townspeople as well. John Proctor remained silent for one reason, and that was to protect himself. As a result of his self-serving desires to avoid the consequences of his actions, innocent citizens were put to death....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller John Proctor Essays]

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- The Crucible - John Proctor, a man with pride John Proctor plays the leading role in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. He was persistent, honest, and full of integrity. He was simply, a man with pride. A wise woman once said, "Do what you feel in your heart to be right--for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't." (Eleanor Roosevelt). Proctor was the protagonist of the dramatic piece of literature. When the play sets in to action, John has had a past affair with his servant Abigail Williams....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Why Is John Proctor A Tragic Hero?

- Why is John Proctor a Tragic Hero. A tragic hero is a hero in a story whose natural flaws or wrong judgments, associates with bad fate, causes his downfall or death. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, there are tragic heroes. In the late 1600s, there are a series of witch trials happens at Salem, MA. John Proctor, a farmer who lives in a farm with his wife Elizabeth Proctor, is the protagonist during the Salem witch trial. John is a candid, frank, but somewhat arrogant man. He has an affair with Abigail Williams, a 17-year-old girl who desires to have John and wants him so desperately....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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Analysis Of Elizabeth Proctor 's ' The Crucible '

- ... By believing that the accused are innocent, she is showing incentive to go against the court, or at least her mistrust of it. When Reverend Hale makes his rounds to each house, questioning them, she goes so far to say she may not believe in witches to defend herself and her community. She is willing to put herself at risk for no true gain, just to remain faithful to her friends and family. Throughout The Crucible Elizabeth demonstrates that she is the epitome of virtuosity. She holds herself high and it is reflected in her actions throughout the play....   [tags: The Crucible, John Proctor, Salem witch trials]

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John Proctor and Elizabeth's Relationship

- John Proctor and Elizabeth's Relationship In the beginning of the play John speaks about Elizabeth once to Abigail. Abby has said that Elizabeth was a cold and sickly wife. John says to her that she has no right to speak of his wife in such a manner and renounces the comment about her being sickly. He does not, although, dismiss Abby's charge that Elizabeth is a cold wife. But, he means it is because of him that she is this way. In the beginning of Act 2 there was a great feeling of detachment and tension in the Proctor household....   [tags: The Crucible John Proctor Essays]

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The Crucible - How John Proctor Changed

- The Crucible - How John Proctor changed throughout the storyline from mistreating his wife by cheating on her while she was ill with Abigail, to someone who took the blame so no one else got in trouble. The Crucible In this essay I will talk about how John Proctor changed throughout the storyline from mistreating his wife by cheating on her while she was ill with Abigail, to someone who took the blame so no one else got in trouble. The Crucible is based on the true story of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials where people were hanged if they were accused of being a witch....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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John Proctor in The Crucible

- The Crucible - John Proctor Arthur Miller’s "The Crucible" illustrates a powerful drama based on the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. A very strict theocracy rules Salem; a place where the bible is law and anyone who does follow the rules to the letter, must have dealings with the devil. The accusations of witchcraft in Salem start off by a group of girls who were caught dancing in the woods. Dancing is forbidden and out of fear of being punished or even accused themselves of witchcraft, the girls begin to accuse others for having been seen with the devil....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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The True Tragic Hero: The Crucible’s John Proctor

- The true tragic hero: The Crucible’s John Proctor A tragic hero is a noble man who commits a fatal flaw. The hero’s downfall is a result of their choices which leads to a punishment that exceeds the crime. “The difference between Proctor and Willy Loman is enormous; the former is the rather typical tragic hero who is defiant to the end, the latter is trapped in submission and is living a lie” (McGill 4). John Proctor is one of the main characters in The Crucible. he is married to Elizabeth Proctor and they live in Salem....   [tags: salem, hero's downfall, witchcraft]

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The Crucible : Tragic Hero

- Marissa Ledford Mrs. Quade 12/17/14 2nd period Crucible Essay Tragic Hero Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible and it portrays the story of the Salem witch-hunt and the confusion it has caused in the town. One of the main Characters is a man named John Proctor. Proctor is put through many life-changing choices. In many cases, a choice he made in one situation led to another problem and so on. John Proctor is most definitely the tragic hero of the crucible....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Let either of breath a word and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you (Miller 19).” Later in the play when the girls are being questioned Tituba confesses to dancing in the woods. Her confession shows Abigail a way out and she confesses as well, which frees her from guilt. The girls follow her example and also confess. They then begin to wrongfully accuse Sarah Good, Goody Osborn, Bridget Bishop, George Jacobs, Goody Howe, Martha Bellows, Goody Sibber, Alice Barrow, Goody Hawkins, Goody Bibber, and Goody Booth “I want to open myself....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Therefore, he sees himself as a fraud. With Elizabeth constantly doubting him it creates a burden on their marriage and reminds him that he is living a lie. As time goes on and more people are confessing and being killed for witchcraft he decides he wants to confess. The reason being that he wants his prosecutors to feel guilt seeing him hung when they know he is innocent. Nevertheless, is living a dishonest life and finally wants to be honest so he confesses, “Because I lie and sign myself to lies!” (Miller 143, Act IV)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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Free Essays on The Crucible: John Proctor's Search For Identity

- The Crucible: John Proctor's Search For Identity John Proctor is a good man. He is a puritan, a husband, a citizen, and an all around valuable member of the community. All of this is represented by his name. The name of John Proctor could be considered his most prized possession. It is his most priceless asset. Proctor is very strong-willed and caring. He does not set out with any intentions of hurting anyone. He is a farmer and village commoner who is faced with incredible inner turmoil. He has committed adultery and had absolutely no intentions of joining in the witch trials....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Abigail would keep attempting to wake the young Betty up only to be met with failures. Finally, Abigail would persuade Betty to awake only to be met with Betty screaming for her mother. These events begin a conflict within the story that leads to the rising action in the remainder of act one. The rising action occurs in act two of a five-act play but it occurs in the remainder of act one, all of act two, and partially into act three for this four-act play. The rising action for The Crucible starts with all the girls from the dancing scene in act one admitting to being controlled by witchcraft that fellow citizens put upon them....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Not only does John Proctor not have his soul because of the adultery, he has now lost his children and potentially even his life. While in jail John Proctor has the decision to either sign his confession for doing something he did not do or to keep his name and be hung. By confessing Proctor would ruin his name for his family and himself. Not only would his name be forever tarnished, he would be lying, which would ruin what he has left of a relationship with God. The reason that made this decision so hard for John to make, is because of the fact that he has kids at home, he has another child on the way, and he would be giving up his name and pride....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... This public hanging was a way to embarrass Proctor; he was a well-known and respected farmer in his small town of Salem, Massachusetts. The town wanted the citizens to see, no matter who you are, if you break the rules of Puritanism, you will be severely punished. This was their way of drawing, “light”, on Proctor’s punishment and downfall for not admitting to witchcraft. In the text, The Crucifix symbolizes a form of religion. Generally, The Crucifix is a specifically a symbol in Christianity....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- There are many themes prevalent in The Crucible by Arthur Miller, with all of them manifesting in the actions and decisions of characters at some point in the story. One of the most outstanding themes in the play has to do with the connection between past experiences and future actions. Individuals lashing out at others because they felt they have been wronged, a guilty conscience causing someone to make a drastic decision, or even a person choosing a path due to possible social repercussions are all examples from the play of someone 's past effecting their future....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The past couple of years have been a big hit with Hollywood producers creating movies on a topic that many people love: Superheroes. These heroes are revealed with all kinds of powers and traits, which are only available in the world of fiction. Nevertheless, underneath those masks, are different people. Tony Stark who we also know as Ironman is a unique type of hero. Even though he has saved countless number of lives and has stopped many crimes, his arrogance gets to the greatest of him and causes many problems....   [tags: The Crucible, John Proctor, Salem witch trials]

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Relations Between The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Due to studies done at Rutgers University, New Jersey, scientists have found an explanation as to why women become much more attached to a man after sex. Oxytocin is a key hormone released in a female 's body during sex, this is also referred to as the “cuddle hormone.” This is a hormone that lets us open up and trust another person. Although it is found in men, women seem to produce more. This hormone is released in any sexual relationship, weather it is a one time thing or a relationship bound for marriage....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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Elizabeth Proctor And The Salem Witch Trials

- ... Elizabeth felt this way because of her strongly held religious views. Abigail “stole” John away from Elizabeth and had no remorse about doing so. This struck Elizabeth the hardest because her loyalty toward her husband was steadfast. Her feelings toward John indicated that Elizabeth wanted to “be [his] only wife, or no wife at all” (Miller 62). As clearly stated in the Bible, “thou shalt not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). Since the Bible was her authority, she believed that she should live by the scriptures in her everyday life....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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Choices Made by John Proctor in The Crucible

- ... This choice also changes his relationship with his wife . Elizabeth was skeptical about what he did and his whereabouts. He didn't know what he was getting himself into after he heard about his wife being wrongly accussed of witchcraft by the atrocious Abigail. He goes to Marry Warren's trial (One of the oldest accusers), and conffesses. If he doesn't conffess about his affair with Abigail she won't be revealed of her fraud deeds. John tells Elizabeth about the accusing and the wicked actions on Abigail and her respond was "ELIZABETH: I think you must go to Salem, John....   [tags: Arthur Miller character analysis]

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John Proctor 's Most Courageous Moments

- ... Proctor becomes infuriated and says, “… Why do you never wonder if Parris be innocent, or Abigail. Is the accuser always holy now. Were they born this morning as clean as God’s fingers. I’ll tell you what’s walking Salem--- vengeance is walking Salem.” (2.77) He is doing what the whole town is afraid to do at this moment, accusing Abigail of witchcraft. The town is all afraid to death of Abigail because she can accuse anyone she wants and they will believe her. John had the most courage by putting his life at risk to say what everyone could not stand up to say....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor]

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The Character of John Proctor in The Crucible

- In the novel The Crucible, author Arthur Miller uses varying degrees of goodness and evil to control the flow of the story while showcasing a Puritan town's superstitions and fear of the devil to justify the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The central character in Salem is John Proctor, an outspoken, successful, and well-respected farmer who chooses to maintain a certain distance from the church. Religious at heart, this man who has sinned, openly condemns the witch trials while hiding a secret that could discredit the main accuser, Abigail Williams....   [tags: The Crucible Essays]

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The Crucible’s John Proctor As A Tragic Hero

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller is set in Salem in a Puritan community. John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Reverend Hale, Reverend Paris, and Abigail are the main characters. The book is about witchcraft or what the town thinks is witchcraft. John Proctor is the tragic hero because he is loving, loyal, authoritative, but his tragic flaw is his temper. John is a loving husband. He proves that by telling Elizabeth, “It is well seasoned” (p. 48) in reference to the rabbit she cooked, in which he had to add salt to....   [tags: Miller Crucible Tragic Hero]

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John Proctor's Principles, Conscience and Morality in The Crucible

- Throughout the whole play, John Proctor placed himself as a “servant” of God only and maintained that position regardless of what happened. He represented the image of a person that corresponded for God in Earth, and at the same time he acted consciously and knew what was happening in Salem. In an attempt to disengage from God, his principles, conscience, and morality acted upon him and brought him back to God. Elizabeth and his friends also affected his conscience, as the only reason why he went to the court was to try to release them....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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John Proctor in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible John Proctor In the book The Crucible there is a struggle within to have one have a sense of belonging to society. They want to be loved by that society no matter how much they may seem that they don’t belong. But they do want to show that to everyone, everyone that may not think that. John Proctor is a good example of a struggle to find a place in society. He’s the type of person that wants to plow his fields on the good days even if the good day is only on Sunday of that week....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Christian Response to John Proctor and The Crucible

- The Crucible John Proctor is the protagonist in The Crucible. He becomes the person who fights for what is right. As the story goes on, the secrets of Proctor are revealed, and it is discovered that he committed adultery with Abigail Williams. In prison, before he is hanged, Proctor asks, “Who will judge me. God in Heaven, what is John Proctor, what is John Proctor?” John Proctor was a confused soul who discovered what he truly believed, and did not disobey what he decided to believe. As the play starts off, and John Proctor is introduced, it becomes know that he committed adultery with Abigail, the antagonist of the play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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John Proctor in The Crucible

- Crucible Paper The Puritans had many values that everyone must know and completely obey. One of those values is to know, and obey the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments were one of the most important things for all Puritans to know and obey, because without them there would be no order. For a Puritan not to know his Commandments by heart was nearly unheard of seeing how the Commandments are the basic rules for them. Although almost all of the Puritans knew the Commandments there were a few who didn’t know them all by heart....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Character Analysis : ' The Crucible '

- ... When Abigail is close to getting caught messing around in witchcraft, and her friend Betty thinks about telling on her, she scares Betty. When Mary Warren tells the court that Abigail is lying, Abigail turns on her and acts like the devil is in the courtroom because Mary is lying. It scares Mary so much that she changes her mind and starts accusing John Proctor of devil worship. “I’ll not hang with you. I love God, I love God.” (Miller 110). She does this by accusing others of witchcraft. “I saw Sarah Good with the Devil....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... The people of Salem still remain one, even after everything the town has been through. Not only did the town not break to pieces, but many characters also managed to not fall apart throughout the story. Proctor was caught in the middle of the situation in Salem. There were many times when Proctor could have given up altogether and broken to pieces like a pot. Instead, Proctor kept himself together throughout the witch trials. “Proctor: [His eyes full of tears.] I can. And there’s your first marvel, that I can....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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John Proctor, Ultimately Becomes a Hero, in Miller's The Crucible

- John Proctor lived in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem had been struck with witchcraft rumors that were started by a manipulative teenage girl named Abigail. He knows that the girls were sporting, and blaming innocent people of supernatural crimes that cannot occur. John Proctor’s wife Elizabeth had been accused of witchery, as a form of revenge from Abigail. Abigail had strong feelings for John Proctor, and wanted to get rid of Elizabeth. In the end John Proctor tried to do the right thing by saving his wife from his own sins....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Erika Anderson in Noble Art of Self-Sacrifice says, “And it creates stronger bonds of trust and mutual respect between us and other human beings, reminding us that living on this planet is a group endeavor; that none of us can survive alone” (Anderson 1). This means that everyone is in it together and you must tell the truth and you have to think of other people. Proctor 's decision was not to protect his name, it was for the whole town of Salem, to show the truth which has been covered by the church....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The play The Crucible is a historical fiction written by Arthur Miller and is set in Salem, Massachusetts 1962. The play is about how a group of young girls lie about being under the devil 's influence to not only save themselves from being punished for dancing naked in the woods, but for one of the characters Abigail Williams it is a way for her to have revenge on Elizabeth Proctor for being between her and John Proctor. Since the town was very strict and religious the accusation that were said were believed without question landing innocent people in jail or in graves....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... He claims he wants Elizabeth to “look sometimes for the goodness” in him, but in reality, he has indeed committed sins and should be held accountable for the actions he has committed. The “goodness” in Proctor connotes a fake, artificial trait because Proctor feels as if he has no goodness in him as he slept with a teenage girl and lied about it to his wife. Proctor also tries extremely hard to forget that the affair ever occurred. He does this by telling Abigail, “Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... In The Crucible, this is seen by neighbors turning on each other and people trying to benefit from others’ misery. In regards to the Syrian Refugees, politicians are using this to promote the values of their party, and the media (selected in this case is FOX news and CNN representing the views of each party) are using the hysteria behind the crisis to push an agenda. This is something that should not go unnoticed by the public, and is a clearly not ethical. Mass hysteria is a wild phenomenon, but to those that are not caught up in it, it is something they can control....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Rebecca Nurse is also accused of witchcraft: “Is it natural work to lose seven children before they live a day?” (Miller 1256). Here, Mrs. Putnam accuses Rebecca of murdering her babies, for she was the one who delivered them. She cannot see any other way into how all but one of her kids has died. Thinking it must be of unnatural causes, she accuses Rebecca of witchcraft. Now, this also surprises the whole town; several villages know Rebecca Nurse to be one of the kindest people out there. Many call her a saint, and even others towns besides Salem knows of her good deeds....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller And Salem Falls

- ... The trials may not have ended with the truth, but the town burned with John. Similarly, in Salem Falls Jack St. Bride has been fighting the town from the moment he moved in. Much like Proctor, Jack had been falsely accused of rape before moving and had spent time in jail. This led the town into hysteria, to the point where they were vandalizing his home where “the paint was still dripping, angry and red: GO HOME” (Picoult 117). The uncontrollable towns people were trying to drive Jack out of town....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller And Salem Falls

- ... The trials may not have ended with the truth, but the town burned with John. Similarly, in Salem Falls Jack St. Bride has been fighting the town from the moment he moved in. Much like Proctor, Jack had been falsely accused of rape before moving and had spent time in jail. This led the town into hysteria, to the point where they were vandalizing his home where “the paint was still dripping, angry and red: GO HOME.” (Picoult 117). The uncontrollable towns people were trying to drive Jack out of town....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Character of John Proctor in The Crucible:

- John Proctor: “God in heaven, what is John Proctor, what is John Proctor”. John is a man of strong moral beliefs, concerned only for the safety of his family and personal welfare. He cares of nothing for the beliefs of any of the other people in the town and what his supervisor which is the Reverend, thinks either. After trying to avoid involvement in the witch trials he is later prosecuted for witchery and sentenced to hang. John trys to avoid any involvement in the Salem witch trials. His reason for doing so is to protect his image because he is afraid he will be committed of adultery with Abigail Williams....   [tags: Free Essays on The Crucible]

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The Crucible By The Salem Witch Trials

- ... It is very evident that it is “contagious.” When one of the girls saw someone hurting them, the rest of them imagined it as well. When one of them started to call out names of the witches, the rest in excitement would too start calling out names. It served as a way to cover up, as it was concluded at the end of Salem witch trials that there was no evidence. The friends of Abigail caught hysteria because it seemed that they wanted the same attention as Abigail was getting. So, they would do the same as Abigail would, but delayed a little bit....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Character of John Proctor, Elizabeth and Reverend Hale in The Crucible

- The definition of crucible, or at least one of them, is a severe test or trial. This is definitely a fitting name for the Salem witch trials based play, as dealing with the hysteria and unjust courts of Salem is a severe trial in its self. However, the characters were also tested by their own ability to choose between right, wrong, or the most beneficial actions. From the main characters to all of the town’s people, they must all decide between what is best for them or everyone, living in sorrow or dying with honor....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... Self-preservation is clearly a powerful motivator in The Crucible in several ways. First of all, unless you are strong in your beliefs, have all of your affairs in order, and feel you have lived a good life, it is unlikely that one would die for a crime they never committed. When the accused are standing there in front of the judge, they repeatedly state that they are innocent, unbelieving that anyone would ever accuse them. Then suddenly, the words “death by hanging” enter their ears, and they somehow remember that they in fact, did consult with the Devil, and plead to become clean and pure again under God....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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Free Essays on The Crucible: John Proctor's Adultery and its Consequences

- The Crucible - John Proctor's Adultery and its Consequences A topic of The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is how John Proctor's adultery eventually makes him a better husband. Adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the lawful spouse. First, John Proctor willingly commits adultery with Abigail and Elizabeth is aware of this as well. Proctor sees Abigail as a child and Proctor says: "Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I'll ever reach for you again....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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John Proctor's Moral Struggle in The Crucible

- John Proctor's Moral Struggle in The Crucible The primary dramatic focus in the play The Crucible is the moral struggle of its protagonist, John Proctor. Certain characteristics of John Proctor's character and also the environment of the Puritanical Salem alleviated this problem for him. The main issues running through out the play are a series of dilemmas that John Proctor faces. The first and foremost of these is his guilt over his adulterous affair with Abigail Williams, the second his hesitation to testify against Abigail to bring out the truth and the third, his final decision to make the ultimate sacrifice....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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John Proctor as the Tragic Hero of The Crucible

- John Proctor as the Tragic Hero of The Crucible A tragic hero is a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy. During the play The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller, the character John Proctor suffers a change in fortune from happiness to misery. Proctor is an honest, brave man that carries a hidden fact, a fatal flaw. Proctor’s flaw is his lust for Abigail Williams that throughout the play leads to jealousy and hysteria and in the end results to his own death....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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John Proctor's Struggle in Miller's The Crucible

- 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,...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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John Proctor in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible deals with witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts which shows utter chaos and hysteria in the town. Many were accused of witchcraft and died because of lies. Elizabeth Proctor was one of many who were accused. She was accused by Abigail Williams, the person whom Elizabeth fired for cheating with her husband, John Proctor. John was a well respected farmer in Salem, who was outraged when Elizabeth was arrested for accusations of using witchcraft. John and Elizabeth were approached by Reverend Hale, a supposed expert with witches, in front of their house, to warn them about Elizabeth being mentioned in court and to ask about their Christian faith....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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How Miller Presents the Relationship of John and Elizabeth Proctor in ‘The Crucible’

- In the Crucible by Arthur Miller, the relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor is not very clear as they both have a very tempestuous relationship in the first act with each other during the play. Therefore it is very difficult to assess what relationship that they had with each other before. Miller wrote the play to compare what was happening in the 1950’s at that time with what had occurred in the Salem witch hunts. Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ was written so that people at the time could relate what had happened in Salem with the McCarthyism happening at that time....   [tags: Relationships, Crucible, Arthur Miller, ]

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The Foolish Death of John Proctor in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- John Proctor's Death as Foolish in The Crucible In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, John Proctor, a proud and frustrated farmer of Salem, chooses to die rather than to give a false confession to witchcraft. Many might view this act as that of a selfless martyr; on the other hand, it can more readily be seen as the height of human stupidity in the face of vanity and pride. John Proctor is, at first, willing to offer up a false confession that his life may be spared. Inevitably, John Proctor possesses that fateful attribute known to fall fatal to many human beings - pride....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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John Proctor, a Character in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- John Proctor is a quiet man who has a secret that will turn into his downfall. Even though he has a family and owns a farm on the outskirts of town, he fails to keep his morals straight and eventually falls victim to his own lust. Because of the lust between John and Abigail, she starts a witch-hunt so hopefully she can have John all to herself, and get herself out of trouble. The hunt causes John to forget his pride and sacrifice himself for his family and his friends. By doing so he shows the whole village of Salem what it means to be a Puritan....   [tags: Salem, Witch Trials, Lust]

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Relationships And Their Repercussions Of Shakespeare 's The Crucible And The Play Much Ado About Nothing

- ... For example, John was married with children and a farm to care for. Abigail is a young girl that would most likely not of been able to help John with all his responsibilities. Claudio had also just returned from war where there were not a lot of women, so he might not have wanted to be tied down to just one woman. This could have affected his want to marry Hero, even though it didn 't in the end. Although Hero and Claudio were able to marry, Hero had to go through a lot and Abigail put others through a lot....   [tags: The Crucible, Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor]

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The Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

- Decisions One decision is all it takes in the life of a person to go from one path to another. The decision can be a good one and affect one’s life in a positive manner or a decision can be a poor one and result in negative effects. In Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, Abigail Williams and John Proctor make life altering decisions. Willy Loman, the main character in The Death of a Salesman also written by Arthur Miller, makes a decision that will change his life. This paper will examine the life changing decisions made by the characters in these books, the reasons behind their decisions, and the consequences of their decisions for their lives....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter and John Proctor from The Crucible

- Men are nothing more than children. They still squabble and misbehave, and must be punished accordingly for their safety as well as the safety of others. Dimmesdale in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and John Proctor from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible were guilty of adultery, or extramarital sex, among other crimes. Proctor was accused of witchcraft which could involve anywhere from controlling spirits to communing with the devil. Punishments for such crimes included flogging or whipping....   [tags: dimmesdale, nathaniel hawthorne]

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John Proctor's Change for the Better Depicted in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, several characters are tested with their own crucible. One such character is John Proctor. His test was a relatively common test: to choose between what is morally right, or wrong. We are told that, prior to the beginning of the play, John Proctor and Abigail Williams, his previous house servant, had an affair behind the back of Elizabeth Proctor, John's wife. Now that the affair is over, John must prove himself worthy of Elizabeth's trust and love, and must try to redeem his good character and to be a good Christian....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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John Proctor as Tragic Hero in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible - John Proctor Tragic Hero The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, depicts the story of the Salem witch hunt and the chaos it caused. One of the main characters is John Proctor. Proctor is put through many life-changing decisions. In many cases, a decision he made in one situation led to another problem. John Proctor is the tragic hero of this story. If John Proctor was not such an admirable character, he probably would not have been in the massive mess he was. Proctor made a very humanly mistake in the beginning....   [tags: Crucible Essays]

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John Proctor as the Tragic Hero in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible – John Proctor the Tragic Hero What is a tragic hero. The most well known definition of a tragic hero comes from the great philosopher, Aristotle. When depicting a tragic hero, Aristotle states "The change in the hero's fortunes be not from misery to happiness, but on the contrary, from happiness to misery, and the cause of it must not lie in any depravity but in some great error on his part." In addition, he explains the four essential qualities that a tragic hero should possess, which are goodness, appropriateness, lifelike, and consistency....   [tags: Crucible Essays]

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The Awakening By Kate Chopin

- ... It all starts at Edna 's first trip to the beach, where she begins to think about herself and her true feelings, creating a small spark that will soon erupt into an enormous flame. Edna 's awakening then has it 's second big development in chapter 10, once again at the beach. Edna has the sudden urge and determination to swim out as far as she can, despite perhaps not being the strongest swimmer. Even though she discovers that she can in fact swim well, she realizes she has swam out far from shore and begins to panic before heading back....   [tags: The Crucible, John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor]

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John Proctor's Choice of Truth in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible: John Proctor's Choice of Truth Throughout history, the most credible source of information has been documented on paper. From treaties resulting in international peace to The Declaration of Independence, paper has provided a concrete, timeless resource for recording ideas, events and decisions. What makes these documents valid, are the signatures of those supporting the writings. By signing something, one shows that he recognizes what is written and wishes to show support for what it represents....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Arthur Miller 's The Crucible

- ... Abigail happens to be the ring leader. John Proctor, who had an affair with her years ago, tries to stop Abigail of her foolishness. She tries to throw herself toward Proctor but he fends her off. He created this situation by having the affair in the first place. Reverend Parris tries to calm the crowd that surrounds his home with fear. There are separate fights that develop throughout the community involving money, land and deeds. All this hysteria leads to Abigail confessing to have seen the devil conspiring with against the townsfolk....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor]

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Arthur Miller 's The Crucible

- Every character in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible had their fair share of sins throughout the play. There is betrayal, lechery, lying, death, and cowardice. Arthur Miller displays elements of mass hysteria through the town’s large number of accusations. Even though a person knows they are not guilty when or if they are accused, they still get worried. People act differently independently versus in a group because in a group they can accuse another person or say that someone else is to blame. If someone is alone they have no where to hide....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor]

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The Marriage of John and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible is one of the most bizarre accounts of a historical event to date. The naïveté of the townspeople leads them down a road of madness and confusion, led by a shameless Puritan girl. Abigail Williams was a ruthless girl who showed no mercy upon accusing her victims of witchcraft. Knowing the entire town of Salem would believe her and the other girls, she would not hesitate at charging anyone she wished with the crime of the Devil’s work. However, a challenge arose to Abigail when she decided to accuse Elizabeth Proctor, and eventually her husband John, of witchcraft....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Sorrow and Heroic Tragedy of John Proctor in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Tragedy is interpreted in various ways. For example the wise Greek philosopher Aristotle defines “tragedy” as a story that contains a character that commits a terrible mistake in his life that leads to his pitiful death. On the other hand, Arthur Miller defines “tragedy” as a characteristic common to all human beings who are willing to give up their lives for the necessary and righteous causes, and for their dignities. A composite definition of a tragedy is a character in a story that recognizes his awful error committed, and is willing to give his life for the necessary cause that would leads to his inevitable death....   [tags: greek philosopher, death]

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John Proctor as a Heroic Figure in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- John Proctor as a Heroic Figure in Arthur Miller's The Crucible In the play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, set in Salem Massachusetts in 1692, there are many characters, of which John Proctor is very important. Arthur Miller has tried very hard to create John Proctor as a heroic figure throughout the play especially in act 4. This essay will describe and explain whether or not Arthur was successful in doing this. The play was written by Arthur Miller in 1953, at the time of the anti- communism in USA....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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John Proctor as Tragic Hero of Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- John Proctor as Tragic Hero of Arthur Miller's The Crucible In the play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, John Proctor fits the classic Greek definition of a tragic hero.  Aristotle, one of the great Greek philosophers, teachers and writers, stated that one of the most important aspects of a tragedy was the tragic hero.  He defined a tragic hero as a noble person that goes from a state of fortune and happiness to a state of utter misery.  The character’s tragic flaw causes this change.  Aristotle stated that witnessing the downfall of the character triggered an emotional release, which left the audience feeling relieved because they have empathized with the character, but not ups...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Free Essays on The Crucible: The Self Betrayal of John Proctor

- The Crucible: Self Betrayal This research paper will examine how the theme in Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, shows how “...betrayal of the self no less than of others” (Bigsby xi), is connected to both McCarthyism in the 1950’s and the Salem witch trials in the 1690’s. The Puritans were a group that had suffered religious persecution in the Old World and came to America to establish their own religion in a place where they would be free of any type of persecution. Because of the personal persecution they endured in England, the puritans in turn became the persecutors when they were in America....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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The Tragic Death of John Proctor in Miller's The Crucible

- Salem is a Puritan town and when some girls were caught dancing in the forest by the town minister, two of the girls fall into a coma- like state and it isn’t long before rumors of witchcraft fill the town. The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller that is a dramatization of the Salem witch trials, which took place in Salem, Massachusetts. One of the girls caught dancing was Abigail Williams. Not wanting to get into trouble, Abigail blames Tituba, a black slave, for enticing her to sin. Tituba confesses to seeing the Devil and also tells the court that she saw people with the Devil....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... He knows that the trials are “black mischief,” and that they are all based off of lies and vengeance. He knows that with this information he can bring down Abigail once and for all, but is afraid that by doing so his crime of adultery will be revealed, and his name will be ruined by those who find out, leading to his name being mocked. To him, his name and family is everything. On the other hand, a time when John becomes more respectable is when he admits to Judge Danforth that he has committed the crime of adultery....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... If you pay close attention to the beginning setting of each act, almost all of them involve the use of sunlight. Arthur Miller uses sunlight as the source of good throughout the book, no matter what bad. In the play he writes, “As the curtain rises, the room is empty, but for sunlight pouring through two high windows in the back wall. The room is solemn, ever forbidding.” (Act III). This line in the play perfectly describes the meaning behind this new awakening. Even though the room is dark and gloomy from all the sin and problem rushing in through its doors, the source of sunlight offers some sort of hope....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By William Miller

- ... The harsh wording of this, and the actions of the puritans shows that the theocracy bases the punishments off of the Bible. Finally, Danforth says, “a person is either with this court, or against it.”(94) This statement shows the complete intolerance for anything that people say that goes against the Bible. The intolerance shows that everything that the court does is based off of a theocracy and the bible is also the word of law. Miller uses these examples to show that a theocracy ruins society more than it helps, because unnecessary punishments are given, because people are tried for coincidences that are assumed to be supernatural work, and because of the intolerance shown by the theoc...   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- ... The trials however, offered the girls a source of power that was otherwise unattainable. “The children [were] jangling the keys to the kingdom,” their word was law. The sudden power the girls obtain empowered the subservient and weak character of Mary Warren. Who before the trials “on seeing (John Proctor) Marry Warren leaped in fright.” Stage directions show she was petrified of her employer. Mary as the trials progress feels empowered by her newfound authority, which is evident through her dialogue with Mr....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor]

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Classical And Shakespearean Comedies By Gustav Freytag

- ... The question was not the acts of an accused but of his thoughts and intentions. Miller understood the universal experience of being impuissant to believe that the state had gone mad. The Crucible evokes a lethal brew of illicit sexuality, fear of the supernatural, and political manipulation, a combination not unknown these days. In Act I, Miller sets the tone for The Crucible by introducing the four most important themes: deception, possession, greed, and quest for power. The first act familiarizes the readers with the main characters of the story; John Proctor the protagonist, and Abigail Williams, the antagonist....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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John Proctor's Pride and Reputation in The Crucible

- Pride and Reputation Purist Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 suffered from a rapidly increasing phenomenon: witchcraft accusations and trials. The Crucible is a play that recounts the times of this incident. For the most part, it follows a man known as John Proctor. He is a sensible, honest, and hardworking man who made the mistake of succumbing to lust which sets off a chain of events that leads to the witch trials, and to his own demise. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible’s protagonist John Proctor proves to be a flawed human being who struggles to make sense of his past relationship with Abigail, his love for his wife, and his pride....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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John Proctor is a Tragic Hero in The Crucible

- John Proctor: A Tragic Hero A tragic hero is a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy. In the play, The Crucible, Arthur Miller portrays John Proctor, the protagonist, as a tragic hero who has a major flaw—lust for Abigail, his teenage house servant. For fear of being exiled in a town where reputation is highly upheld, Proctor initially tries to hide his crime of adultery, but this affair triggers a major series of events in Salem, where unproven accusations lead to internal struggle and eventually to catastrophe....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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The Men And Women Of Witchcraft

- ... When Elizabeth arrives in court John follows with Mary another one of the girls pretending to be an agent of the devil, to go to the court and admit the girls were lying. John Proctor gets the opportunity to survive himself and have his wife survive if he admits to witchcraft, and claim he saw others conjuring spirits with the devil, but he won 't which leads to the death of him. Abigail’s role in the social structure changes as she gains authority over most men once she declares herself one with the devil, a fair comparison with her is a god....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Goodness and Immorality of John Proctor in Miller's The Crucible

- There are many sides to John Proctor and they occur at different stages of the play, John is a complex character and is very well respected even though he has done wrong things. Arthur Miller was in the same situation as John Proctor in 1956-57 because he refused to give names of people he saw at communist meetings. There was the same trial system. If you confessed you would stay alive assuming you had turned from the communist meetings, however if you denied that you were seen at communist meeting you would have been hanged because there would be no evidence to show you weren’t there....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Character Analysis]

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Mass Hysteria Or Massive Greed

- ... The Salem Witch Trials may not be a part of history today without the use of finger-pointing, and greed, which ultimately led to hysteria. When the townspeople try to save their own skin and see an opportunity to act on their darkest desires under a cloak of righteousness, mass hysteria and paranoia are inevitable. Abigail is a character of great manipulation, whenever she is blamed her immediate reaction is to lie and find the nearest person to blame. In the town of Salem, John Proctor has a good name, he’s a good pastor, a good farmer, father, however not so good of a husband ....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Life Of A Beautiful Young Couple

- ... They went to church every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday and each week they prayed to God for the opportunity of raising a family. But as the seasons turned into years, John became distant from Elizabeth. In a time when she needed him most, he would stay out late working on our farm or pondering their life alone in the barn. The barn was so close to my back porch I never got worried, but oftentimes Elizabeth would be so worried I could feel the drop of her tears on my washroom tiles. Just weeks later they agreed an extra hand around the house would be helpful....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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