John from the Crucible and Holden from the Catcher in the Rye: Greater the Difficulty, Greater the Glory

Topics: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, John Proctor Pages: 2 (673 words) Published: February 27, 2014
Ms. Russo Mary Abreu English 5 9/18/13

Life is all about facing struggles and overcoming them in order to become successful. That success might mean becoming independent, getting over something, reaching your goals, or simply feeling better about yourself. Cicero once said “the greater the difficulty, the greater the glory”. A way to interpret his wise words is that the more difficult something is the better the person feels after they accomplish it. Two work of literature that support his words are The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Catcher In the rye, by J.D. In The Crucible, John Proctor's characterization express how the more difficult something is the better you feel about the results. John had to overcome the situation in which Abigail Williams put him in due to her obsession. Abigail had an affair with John and she wanted to break him apart from his wife so she accused her of witchcraft. After john's wife Elizabeth was arrested for performing witchcraft he found himself involved in the difficult situation as well. John tried to find a way to prove that his wife was innocent and begged to his servant Mary who was Abigail friend to tell the truth in the court. Mary was influenced and manipulated by Abigail and she didn’t dare to tell the court that it was all a lie made up by Abigail. After not being able to find a solution to get his wife out of the problem John came to the conclusion that his only choice was to tell everyone of his affair with Abigail. By telling everyone about his affair with Abigail he was going to prove that his wife was innocent and that Abigail was a liar. The community is point of view on adultery was strongly negative and at the end this was going to get John convicted to death. John didn’t cared about the punishment, he cared about the sense of glory....
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