The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts. The trials resulted in the executions of twenty people, fourteen of them women, and all but one by hanging. The play was written in 1952 after the Red Scare in America that caused much hysteria, like the Salem witch trials. In the play, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Each of the characters of Proctor, Hale, and Elizabeth changed from the beginning of the play to the end of the story. Proctor becomes more honest; Hale becomes more skeptical, and Elizabeth becomes more forgiving. The Salem witch trials did not only influence the characters changing, but it also affected the outcome of the Trials. Proctor Changed by becoming more Honest with himself. “He was the …show more content…
Throughout the play, Elizabeth seems to be struggling to forgive her husband and let go of her anger. But towards the end, she learns to forgive Proctor for his mistakes. At the beginning of the play Elizabeth is unforgiving of Proctors mistakes. “You’ll tear it free--when you come to know that I will be your only wife or no wife at all! She has an arrow in you yet, John Proctor, and you know it well!” (Miller 484). Throughout the story, she becomes forgiving after spending three months in a jail cell. She forgives Proctor and finds some good in him. “John, it comes to naught that I should forgive you if you 'll not forgive yourself. It is not my soul, John, it is your . . . Only be sure of this, for I know it now: Whatever you will do, it is a good man does it. I have read my heart this three month, John… I have sins of my own to count. It needs a cold wife to prompt lechery . . . John, I counted myself so plain, so poorly made, no honest love could come to me! Suspicion kissed you when I did; I never knew how I should say, my love. It were a cold house I kept!” Elizabeth is trying to forgive John. She never knew how to show her love with all the coldness she kept
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John Proctor’s dilemma in this novel is a very heavy one. His affair with Abigail has a huge psychological effect on him. The town of Salem’s heavy catholic influence plays a huge part in everybody in the town’s judgement. This makes Proctor think his sin is really bad and that god hates him. this makes him feel like he can’t forgive himself.
John Proctor was a man who was well-respected and hoped to make better for his wife and his children. John Proctor’s downfall was committing adultery which put him in a place where he hardly couldn’t forgive himself but he wanted forgiveness from his wife. According to Elizabeth, “It come to naught that I should forgive you, if you'll not forgive yourself.”(965). Elizabeth is saying that she will forgive John for what he did but he have to forgive himself before anyone else could forgive him. John Proctor died because he didn’t confess for being a witch and committed adultery so that caused him to be
Any conversion between the two either lacks depth and passion or is an argument pertaining to the lack of trust. However, when the novel ends, the relationship between Elizabeth and John is restored and the love the two feel for one another is emphasized. Whenever the two would discuss John’s infidelity, John would be the only one at fault. By the end of the play, Elizabeth takes equal responsibility for the incident, claiming “Suspicion kissed you when I did; I never knew how I should say my love. It were a cold house I kept” (Miller 1228).
Reverend Hale is the character that changes the most in Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible because his feelings on witchcraft turns from full belief to unbelievable doubt, his thoughts on Proctor changes from thinking that he is evil to thinking that he is a good and honest man, and he switches from doing God’s work to doing the Devil’s. Reverend Hale makes a huge change on his claim of witchcraft. In the beginning of the play when Reverend is called to the town of Salem to see if the reason why Betty and Ruth are unconscious is due to witchcraft he brings with him many books. When Reverend Parris sees this he makes a comment that Hale responds to him explaining his expectations. This shows that Reverend Hale is focused on one thing, finding
Only be sure for I know it now: whatever you will do, it is a good man does it… To which she then tells him then she apologizes to him for not being a good wife “…I have sins of my own to count. It needs a cold wife to prompt lechery” (1114). Showing she blames herself for her husband’s lechery, this then causes John to have the want of living, causing him to confess. This shows the strength and forgiveness Elizabeth has give john having her evolve from a doubtful wife to a woman who risks her she has taken for her
In the Crucible, many of the characters go through changes because of the intensity of the situation. But there is only one character that I think changed the most, and that is John Proctor who is the protagonist of the novel The Crucible by Arthur Miller. I think that John Procotor changes the most in the Crucible because he is in every act and mostly in every scene, and throughtout the play I see more drama (Dynamic Character) in him than any other character in the Crucible and I will go through and tell you how John Proctor changes in the Crucible. In the beginning of the play (Acts 1 and 2), we focus on John Proctor and we know that he is a good puritan citizen, a hard-working farmer and who is a husband and father.
She lies for the first time in her life, thinking that she will save her husband from execution, but proves John a liar. This leads him to act as he has consorted with Lucifer. As Proctor is awaiting his everlasting consequence, he is asked to write the names of the civilians he saw with the devil. John replies, “They think to go like saints. I like not to spoil their names… I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another.
The Salem witch trials in Massachusetts during the late 17th centuries was a time period where people were hunted since they were accused of witchcraft. A famous novel named The Crucible was written by Arthur Miller, who was able to portray the events of the Salem witch trials. He explained to us that characters have hidden motives for their actions rather than anything having to do with witchcraft. The men and women in Salem like Abigail Williams, Reverend Parris, and John Proctor are stained puritans that are consumed by their greed, envy, and lust. Abigail Williams, a seventeen year old, is accused of witchcraft after being caught in the forest naked while attempting some devilish ritual.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a novel that describes events that happened in Salem, Massachusetts 1962, these events were called the Salem witch trials. Two important people in the story were John Proctor and his wife Elizabeth Proctor, they were farmers that lived on the outskirts of the town, and they lived with their three sons and their servant Mary Warren. John and Elizabeth are important to the story because they are both accused of witchcraft but they are the only ones who know that the girls that are accusing people are just doing it for attention. John is a caring stubborn man who loves his wife even though she does not fully see it while Elizabeth loves her husband but doesn’t trust his word as much as she used to because of things that happened in the past.
Nothing’s spoiled by giving them this lie that were not rotten long before” (Miller 1352). He is ultimately giving up his confession even though he knows it is not the right thing to do. A previous break to Proctor’s Christianity beliefs is when he commits adultery; however, instead of standing up for himself he gives into the court’s desire. When John Proctor confesses, his actions prove a huge weakness John Proctor has. However, his actions of confessing result in a strength.
The Salem witch trials were a time period when any individual could be accused of witchcraft for numerous reasons. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller focuses on the deviation of the trials and how the town’s most religious and honest members of the community are tried with witchcraft. John Proctor, the town’s most honest man, is accused of being a witch and must decide if he should confess or not. Proctor’s confession will stop the town from rebelling and uphold the reputations of Deputy Governor Danforth and Reverend Parris. Hale also wishes for Proctor’s confession so he does not have to feel responsible if Proctor were to be hanged for his witchcraft accusations.
Proctor’s guilt is present when he, attempts to pay for his sins by giving his wife materialistic objects, hesitates to obey his wife's suggestion to accuse Abigail of false bewitchment, and breaks out in anger for not wanting to be judged any longer. The romantic relationship between the Proctor’s is undoubtedly extinguished, but even casual engagement cannot exist without tension since everything John Proctor says to Elizabeth is a symbol of repentance. He offers Elizabeth the possession of a cow and expresses “with a grin” that all he
This shows that John is a merciful being and desires forgiveness from his wife and God, therefore demonstrating traits of a good man. Furthermore, John has a heated argument with his wife, due to his encounter with Abigail, alone. Although, he thinks his wife will doubt him, she states on the contrary, “I do not judge you. The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you. I never thought you but a good man, John - only somewhat bewildered” (55).
Substantially, the chaos that have occurred in the book were associated with fear of changes into the society provoking such paranoid action. Our society doesn’t always accept changes well, at first due to the ethical conflict between the changes being practiced in society and our beliefs. Somehow, people tend to have fear of the unknown, which is natural. This is believed to be the reason why the people of Salem or people in generally can not accept changes easily. During the change of time; the Puritans could not accept because it was opposite of their beliefs and they were just trying to find something to blame or accuse.
In the spring of 1692 in the town of Salem Massachusetts more than 200 people were accused of witchcraft and 19 were hung for being convicted of witchcraft. In the story, the Crucible by Arthur Miller, Miller writes about the historical event with many twists and different dialogue. He creates an affair and different outcomes of the people in the story but keeps the names the same in the story. There are different occassions where Miller tampers with the real story of the trials; there was never an affair between John Proctor and Abigail Williams, and Abigail and Betty were not the only girls to accuse others of witchcraft. These small changes are very important parts of the story but are meaningless to the actual history of the Salem Witch