Critical Lens Crucible and to Kill a Mockingbird

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The Great Alexander Pope once said, "Difficulties are things which show what men really are." This statement means that challenges in life display people's true personalities. This quote is true, and many works of literature support this idea. Two pieces of literature that support this statement made by Alexander Pope are Arthur Miller's tragedy, The Crucible, and the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

In the play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, the author shows how people's true colors are brought out through difficulties in life, through the character Abigail Williams. In the plot of this drama, Abigail has to face the challenge of deciding to save herself from punishment, or tell the truth, and save the town from hysteria. The characterization of when Abigail blames others for witchcraft and claims she is possessed, only to eventually point her finger at John Proctors wife, portrays her in a way that is perfect in supporting the idea of when faced with difficulties, your real personality is shown. At the point in the plot when she runs away from Salem shows that she is a coward, and cannot deal with the conflict she has caused. Abigail portrays this idea in a way of being a coward, and only caring about herself when presented with an obstacle in life.

The novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, shows the same idea in a different light. The protagonist Atticus Finch is placed on a trial of which he has to defend a black man, Tom Robinson, during a time where black people were seen as separate from white people. Atticus takes this trial, and instead of not caring, he defends Tom as if he were any other client. Throughout the rising action of the novel, Atticus shows how great of a man he is because even though everyone in town is treating him differently, he stays true to himself and defends Tom Robinson with all that he can. In the climax of the novel, Tom is proven guilty, however, the jury took a very long time to come to this verdict,...
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