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The Crucible Forgiveness

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The Crucible Forgiveness

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In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, one of the main themes is forgiving others. When you forgive others, you free yourself from more hurt. And God commands it. Firstly, forgiving others frees yourself from more hurt. When you forgive someone you are saying to them that you stop feeling anger and resentment towards them and that you are willing to put it behind you. In The Crucible, Mr Proctor cheats on his wife and she has to learn how to forgive him. At the start of Act Two she hasn’t forgiven him and her relationship towards Mr Proctor is full of anger and resentment “ELIZABETH: John, you are not open with me. You saw her with a crowd, you said. Now you- PROCTOR: I'll plead my honesty no more, Elizabeth.

ELIZABETH-(now she would justify herself): John, I am only-
PROCTOR: No more! I should have roared you down when first you told me your suspicion. But I wilted, and, like a Christian, I confessed. Confessed! Some dream I had must have mistaken you for God that day. But you're not, you're not, and let you remember it! Let you look sometimes for the goodness in me, and judge me not. ELIZABETH: I do not judge you. The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you. I never thought you but a good man, John-with a smile -only somewhat bewildered.” This shows that Elizabeth thinks that only God who knows your heart can judge you and that It is hard to forgive someone who has hurt you, and in this book Mrs Proctor doesn’t learn it easily, but towards the end of the book she lies to cover for her husband. I think this shows that she had forgiven him and that she still loved him enough to protect him and that she had indeed freed herself from anger and resentment. Another thing that happens when you forgive others is you are following God’s commandments. In the book, Salem is Puritan and believes in God, they follow the Bible’s teachings and act on them. Mrs Proctor, if she wants to obey the bible needs to forgive her husband. The reason I know that Christianity is...