The Crucible Critical Analysis

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Zakkiyyah BrownENC1102
Prof. Howell
Critical Analysis
The Crucible: Anti-christ?The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, consists of many characters, with some of their intentions not clearly stated. Most are villainous and some characters are only viewed as good people. For example, a faithful Christian character like Elizabeth does not lie and is unhindered by any evil. Arthur Miller constructs this play with characters such as Elizabeth Proctor and Minister Hale, but he chooses to point out one character that would influence them all. This main character would play as the tragic hero and lay down his life for the greater good. Miller introduces that one character as male farmer, John Proctor. Proctor is portrayed in a Christ-like manner where he stands firmly against all evil, but does not wholly resemble the Christ-figure because of a shameful sin that scars him until his death. Proctor is viewed as an ordinary character, one that would not impact much of anything throughout the rest of the story, but, John has an interesting encounter with Abigail. Miller foreshadows a relationship with words like "winningly she comes a little closer, with a confidential wicked air." (Page 21) On the following pages, the reader is informed with the relationship as one of lust. "Give me a word, John. A soft word. Her concentrated desire destroys his smile." "No, no, Abby. That's done with." Abigail responds to John Proctor in a way that brings back shameful memories of lust. These quotes give the reader the shock of adultery. The reader now knows of a secret relationship John had with another women, but of young age. Proctor is shown to deny it and puts the lustful relationship behind him, while Abigail stirs with anger, desperately trying to replace John's current wife. Proctor and Elizabeth barely converse but ask each other minor questions like, "Are you well today"" "I am." Even the responses from each other are abrupt, showing little emotion. There seems to be a better...
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