TOPIC: IN THE CRUCIBLE THE CHARACTERS WHO EMERGE WITH THEIR HONOUR INTACT ARE PUT THROUGH THE SEVEREST TEST. CHOOSE THREE OR FOUR CHARACTERS FROM THE PLAY WHO PRESERVE THEIR HONOUR DESPITE OVERWHELMING ODDS.
The tragedy that unfolds in The Crucible brings out the worst in most characters. There are, however, a few who emerge with their honour and integrity intact. These characters refuse to succumb to the hysteria and pressure of the trial. They maintain their morals and values despite several temptations and overwhelming odds. These characters are: John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Rebecca Nurse and Giles Corey. John Proctor, the protagonist in the play, serves as the voice of reason and justice. He is seen as one of the most respected and honourable men in Salem. During the play, John struggles to forgive himself for his affair with Abigail Williams, a young girl; and cannot accept his wife, Elizabeth’s, forgiveness. Upon learning that the witch trials, initiated by Abigail, are a hoax, John is reluctant to approach the court, fearing that he would have to admit to his infidelity. However, when Elizabeth is arrested for witch craft, John is forced to reveal the truth about the trials, sacrificing his own virtue to save his wife and let the truth be known. Unfortunately, this leads to John being accused and arrested for also being a witch. When presented with an ultimatum of either falsely admitting to be a witch or being hanged, he decides to be hanged rather than live a lie. This was a preservation of his honour and principles; and a sign of his morality. He preferred to die an innocent man with an untainted name rather than succumb to an unrighteous law. The line, “I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” clarifies the resolution of his internal dilemma and indicates that he is at peace with himself as he has maintained his honour. The wife of John Proctor, Elizabeth, shares John’s morality and honesty and principles. Elizabeth is a timid and...
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