A crucible is defined as a severe test or ordeal a person goes through. That being said several characters in the play “The Crucible” by Author Miller are put through these test, but some more than others. The characters in this play that are put through the hardest trials are John Proctor, Reverend Hale, and Elizabeth Proctor.
Elizabeth has to go through the test of trying to convince her husband that he must decide for himself what he wants to do with him life weather he wants to give his to save other people or kill himself and save the others. For example, while in the court room while John Proctor was trying to decide weather he should sign the papers or not Elizabeth tells the judge that “He [John Proctor] have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!”(145). Elizabeth is telling them that John knows it his choice and she won’t influence him and take away his choice. Elizabeth is intrusting him to do what he thinks is right after he forgives him. John Proctor could not decide what to do because he needs to believe his wife forgives him. Elizabeth tells him while she was in prison that “[It] come to naught that I should forgive you, if you’ll forgive yourself” (136). Elizabeth is trying to tell John that he doesn’t need her forgiveness to make a choice he just needs to do what is right. Proving that she has difficult trails and comes out a better person because of it.
Reverend Hale also had a very trying crucible he was to make the choice of believing that he can save a town full he believes is full of witches. For instance, at the beginning of act I at Reverend Parris’s Hale entered and said to Parris “They [his books] must be [heavy]; they are weighted with authority” (36). Hale at this point in the play seems a little arrogant like the authority of his books alone can save the town. He also seems set in his ways believing what he hears about witches in the town. His point of view changes when he realizes that people are lying in this town....
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