Themes in the Crucible by Arthur Miller

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Themes in the Crucible by Arthur Miller

By | December 2012
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The Crucible may be old but it can still relate to our society today. The themes of love, rejection, and guilt are a common theme between The Crucible and society today.
My first theme is love. In The Crucible Elizabeth and John Proctor are married. Although John had an affair with Abigail Williams at the end of the play Elizabeth forgave him. At first Elizabeth wouldn’t forgive John. John was angry she wouldn’t forgive him, he said, “Your justice would freeze beer!” (Proctor 55 ). After Elizabeth forgave John they reaffirm their love. Abigail Williams was jealous of Elizabeth, so she accused Elizabeth or being a witch because Abigail thought that Jon loved her and didn’t love Elizabeth. The thing that started all the hysteria in Salem was that people saw girls and Tituba dancing in the woods. Tituba was leading the girls in a love spell ritual. In today’s society love in a big theme in everyday life people make movies, books about love. Some movies like Titanic and Braveheart are about people finding love and trying to keep the people they love. There are also dating sites like Match.com and eHarmony to help people find love. People who are religious express love to a higher being, and they hold that love really close to them.

My second theme is rejection. In The Crucible there is a lot of rejection between Abigail Williams and John Proctor. After the affair between them John Proctor didn’t want anything to do with Abigail Williams and rejected her after that. Proctor didn’t just reject Abigail he also rejected Parris. Proctor claimed that he didn’t go to church because he rejected Parris’s preaching. After Proctor confessed to having an affair he stopped rejecting people. He started to let go a little and although he was still rejected by some people he didn’t just let that bother him. Rejection happens in our world today all the time. People who commit a crime and go to jail are generally rejected by other people in society. People who are trying to...
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