According to Martin Luther King Jr, “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” This statement means that the best way to see that someone is a man is the way they handle themselves when they are in a problem. The critical lens is valid because this is true in life and literature. The book The Crucible by Arthur Miller and The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger exemplifies the critical lens statement by Martin Luther King Jr. The literary elements that best support the interpretation is characterization and conflict.
John Proctor in The Crucible exemplifies the critical lens statement by Martin Luther King jr. Through the literary element of characterization, (characterization is the act of creating and developing a character), Arthur Miller proves that John Proctor’s dignity is relevant to the quote by Martin Luther King jr, John proctor shows dignity by dying with honor and integrity other than living with a lie, John Proctor is also courageous. John Proctor is a tormented man. He thinks his affair with Abigail damaged him in the eyes of God, his wife Elizabeth, and himself. Proctor did stoop to sin and commit adultery. He cannot forgive himself. John and Elizabeth Proctor have a strained relationship, but their affection for each other is still seen. John tries hard to please Elizabeth, but it is extremely difficult for him because of her depression. Elizabeth clearly loves her husband, but she has a difficult time trusting him because she thinks he has been unfaithful. The actions of John Proctor validate that you are a true man by the way you handle a problem that comes to you. An example of John Proctor trying to rectify his relationship with Elizabeth is when he talks to Elizabeth in the house about the flowers. John Proctor’s internal conflict validates the critical lens statement by Martin Luther...
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