The Crucible Essay

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Cindy Lee
The Crucible; John Proctor
One of humanity’s greatest challenges is to stand up and defend what he or she knows is right in the face of opposition. In the play, The Crucible by Arthur Miller there is one character that is true to himself and stands out above all the rest. Throughout the play, John Proctor shows some ideal qualities that are not found in other characters. The play takes place in Salem, Massachusetts where religion and corruption are rampant, and soon two girls fall ill unexplainably and it sparks ideas of evil and witchery in the town. The citizen of the town starts pointing fingers at those who appear to have dealings with the devil, which inspires grave misfortune for many. Amongst all the lying and deceit in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, John Proctor was able to stay true to himself because he stood up for what he believed in and became a fighter against the injustice in the Salem witch-hunt.

One concept that flows through the play is the idea of lying and deceit. When Hale questions Abigail about witchcraft, she blames Tituba for everything. Abigail says that Tituba made her drink blood, cursed her dreams, and tempted her to sin. Hale questions Tituba and says that she will be off the hook if she admits that she has been working with the devil and if she tells him the names of people who had contact with the devil. Tituba, who is charge with witchcraft, denied it at first. However, Tituba became frightened when Parris told her to “confess yourself or I will take you out and whip you to your death” [pg 44]. As a black female slave, she has no power. She cannot defend herself against Abigail’s accusations, even though they both know that Abigail is lying. Though Tituba is lying in order to save her life, she accuses Sarah Good and Goody Osburn of having contact with the devil. Since Tituba lied, now Sarah Good and Goody Osburn will have to be hang. In addition, when Proctor told the court about his affair with Abigail, the court...
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