Theme in the Crucible

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Charlie Flynn
Mrs. Berger
English
November 27, 2011
Theme in the Crucible

In this essay, I will be discussing the themes paranoia, and confession and how they are associated with this play. I’ll also be talking specifically about how John Proctor, Abigail Williams, and Elizabeth Proctor use these themes to their advantage and how they can so easily be used against them.

I’ll start with John Proctor. He is an honorable man, who has surely made mistakes in his life but has learned from them. While being held prisoner by the court, he’s also being held prisoner by confession. In Act 4, he is given a simple choice to confess to a crime he has not committed and live or deny it and be hanged an honest man. His will was almost broken but it didn’t and he died an honest man along with many others who were also accused of witchcraft. “it may well be God damns a liar less than he that throws his life away for pride.” (Act 4, Scene 2, pg. 122). This quote shows that he cared more about his good christian reputation more than he did his own life.

Next is Abigail Williams who is somewhat of a villain in the story. She is struck with revenge. She wants nothing more than the death of Elizabeth Proctor and she will do anything to keep herself out of trouble. “I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you… I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down” (Act 1, Scene 2, pg. 19). This quote shows how evil and twisted Abigail can make herself out to be and how she would go that far just to save herself. Abigail is the one producing most of the paranoia in the play. After she told so many names of different “witches”, everyone became scared of even the people they trusted the most.

I feel that Elizabeth Proctor runs into both paranoia, and confession in The Crucible. She struggles with paranoia after she finds out her husband has had an affair and feels like she is second favorite to him next...
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