The Crucible

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“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”-Albert Einstein Einstein’s thougts are also found in the play by Arthur Miller, The Crucible. In The Crucible, many characters are asked to compromise their integrity in exchange for their lives. John Proctor was one such character, but he refused to give up his integrity. He wanted to die with a good name in the eyes of the other villiagers. Another of he main characters, Abigail Williams, displays a complete lack of integrity. She lies and cheats so that she can get exactly what she wants with no regard for the safety of the other characters.

During the play, John Proctor, a farmer, is faced with a decision that would ultimately lead to his death. John Proctor displays his integrity in several tough situations throughout the play. Proctor is arrested on charges of witchcraft along with his wife, Elizabeth. The people that are arrested for witchcraft live if they confess, but hang if they deny the charges, even if the charges are not truthful. This plays an important part in the testing of John’s integrity later in the play. In the beginning, we find out that Proctor had an affair with the niece of the town reverend, Abigail Williams. This displays a lack of integrity for John, but nobody knows about it until later. John shows his integrity when he confesses to this affair later in the play. At the beginnig of the play, the Proctor’s want no part in the witch trials. They get dragged into the proceedings when Abigail accuses Elizabeth of hurting her with a voodoo doll. John has integegrity when he tries to save his wife from being hanged. He gets depositions from others in the town that show how good his wife was. He has Mary Warren, who was working in the Proctor house, confess that she was the one who made the doll and stuck the needle in it. This does not work though, and Mary turns on Proctor and gets him arrested. When Proctor is in jail, he shows his integrity once again....
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