Conflict: Salem Witch Trials and John Proctor

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Conflict can reveal unexpected qualities in an individual.
Conflict is inevitable and is something everyone encounters. Individual’s responses are dependent upon their moral conscience, their ideologies or their strengths and weaknesses. An individual’s public persona may differ drastically and oppose their true qualities. In confrontation with conflict ones true identity can be revealed. Although under the pressure of conflict individuals can be provoked to act unwillingly to preserve themselves. The novel ‘The Secret River’ by Kate Grenville portrays the protagonist William Thornhill as a moral individual yet under the pressure of survival and success he weakens. The reputation of an individual can provoke unexpected sinister qualities. In the play ‘The Crucible’ reputation is tremendously important in the theocratic town of Salem. Various characters base their actions on the desire to protect their respective reputations. Yet in contrast virtuous qualities are revealed under the strain of conflict. Characters such as Reverend Hale and John Proctor show the best of human nature. They strive and fight for what was right and they were prepared to make sacrifices when they encounter conflict. There is a strong contrast between ones public persona and their true identity which lies beneath. The hypocrisy of Abigail William, the protagonist in ‘The Crucible’, manipulates her friends and the entire town, leading nineteen innocent people to their deaths. Throughout the hysteria of the witch-hunt Abigail’s persona was as an innocent girl who was possessed by ‘the devil’. He true desires were to seek revenge on Elizabeth Proctor. When Abigail’s conflict is not resolved with John and her desires are not satisfied she escapes Salem, taking Reverend Parris’s money. The town is enlightened to her true vindictiveness and vengeance. ‘I beg you, sir, I beg you- see her what she is’. John Proctor could see the truth of Abigail’s facade yet her public...
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