The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, demonstrates that all actions have reactions. A simple undertaking can have many unexpected consequences. There is no way to predict what will happen in response to an effortless act. John Proctor is a serious man who tends to speak his mind in any situation. He is very strong-minded and stubborn. Throughout The Crucible, John Proctor’s actions are driven by guilt, pride, and integrity.
In the book, The Crucible, Arthur Miller introduces us to John Proctor. Proctor is married and simple, yet he's argumentative toward his town for the persecution of “witches.” Proctor faces conflict throughout the town, his morals are challenged and his view on ethical implication are changing.
The poem "To My Dear and Loving Husband", and parts of the play "The Crucible" have many similarities. In the poem Bradstreet states her love for her husband, and how she'd rather not live than live without him. For example, she says, "That when we live no more, we may live ever." This statement shows how much love she has for her husband, and how she couldn't go without him. This relates to "The Crucible" because both of the stories show their love for their significant other. For example, in "The Crucible" John Proctor cheats on his significant other Elizabeth; when Elizabeth finds out she is livid. This scene shows that Elizabeth cares about John's actions very much. Both of these scenarios lead me to conclude that the stories have many
The Crucible also known as the Salem witch trials and the duke lacrosse case were both a turning point in history for America. Both of the events harmed many people in a number of ways. Although the crucible was a lot harsher, they both compare and differentiate in a plethora of ways. For example, they compare because of the lack of evidence used and the false accusations told upon the people. They contrast because of the way the accusers were treated at the end of it, and because of all the lies told. As you can see, both of the events caused a great toll to those involved in any of the two situations.
The story is about a young girl named Abigail who is obsessed with a married man named John Proctor, who goes to Salem’s witch trials in Massachusetts during 1692. In order for Abigail being with Proctor she had to get rid of Proctor’s wife; Elizabeth. The main conflict of the movie was because of the obsession Abigail had with Proctor, innocent people were being accused of witchcraft. People were accused of witchcraft by Abigail and a group of young girls who would believe what she would say about seeing people doing witchcraft. It is a play that many people are always going to remember about because it is unbelievable that 19 people were hanged, one man was put on top of him a huge rock, and more people were accused and died in prison. It is amazing that the court believed a group of young girls and Abigail who were lying about accusing people of doing witchcraft when they were innocent.
Human nature has shown to be mostly ignorant but also shows prejudice to those who serve and bring benefit to society. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, John Proctor is a perfect example of a person who comes across as the proverbial Christ figure, someone with a whole lot of characteristics revealed throughout the play. Confronting the evil in Salem, overcoming temptation, but also being persecuted and suffering is what Proctor was known for.
Arthur Miller was an atheist and in the text he tried to show that there was no God, because he represents John Proctor in the beginning when he cared about his name in the town. John's pride was so far ahead of him that he questioned God. He didn’t baptize his last son because, “He has no God in him.”. “I sat God is dead!” says John Proctor, he doesn’t think there is a God because all the innocent people are dying by being falsely accused. The problem with John in this “martyrdom” is that he doesn’t know that God gives mercy and forgiveness to the people who are falsely accused because of his name. But John’s death gets into Reverend Hale, because he knows that they were innocent and can’t change the judge's mind. Hale understands what is wrong with the Puritans. Arthur Miller did this indirectly because he wanted to use this to show that there is no God, and he wanted to leave an impact on the Puritans. The Crucible can also be connected to The Scarlet Letter. Nathaniel Hawthorne also wanted to change and impact the Puritans. In both texts it shows that the high priests are the ones who can’t be tempted or have evil within them, as the Puritans say. In
In the article, Why I Wrote The Crucible, Arthur Miller states, “My own marriage of twelve years was teetering and I knew more than I wished to know about where the blame lay.” (p. 3) John Proctor was in the same situation with his unstable, crumbling marriage because of the choices he made. John Proctor was a character that gave Arthur miller a kind of hope. Arthur Miller wrote in Why I Wrote The Crucible, “That John Proctor the sinner might overturn his paralyzing personal guilt and become the most forthright voice against the madness around him was a reassurance to me, and I suppose, and inspiration: It demonstrated that a clear moral outcry could still spring even from an ambiguously unblemished soul.” (p. 3) During the time Arthur Miller was writing the Crucible, the fears of Communism was a big problem in the United States. Many people, including Arthur Miller himself, were questioned and suspected of being a Communist. John proctor may have inspired Arthur Miller with that problem of the hunt for Reds enough that he wrote the Crucible. In the biography of Arthur Miller it says, “The Crucible was not successful in its first productions. Some critics questioned the comparison between the old witch-hunts and the contemporary hunt for Communists in the government.” (p.2) The critics may have been entirely right on that comparison because it wasn’t a coincidence that he just happened to write it
In the vindictive play, The Crucible, Arthur Miller writes about accusations of witchery, unfaithfulness and assumptious judges that lead to undeserved deaths. There are many different characters with many different motivations for what they did. John Proctor is a tormented man because he cannot forgive himself for the things he had done to his wife.
This is a clear example of when Reverend Hale’s character first showed his determination to not commit “social suicide” and let Abigail or other people manipulate him into accusations of innocent people. Through his vulnerable personality, Reverend Hale continues to accuse other guiltless townspeople because of rumors spreading in Salem. John Proctor when faced with death proclaims: “We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!” (Miller 389). Reverend Hale finally comes to the realization that he valued his reputation rather than justice and he might have just killed innocent people because he let other people convince him otherwise. Hale shows his gullible personality throughout the play when he sacrifices others for the sake of his
What does it mean to be a good person? Being a good person is reflecting certain qualities such as honesty, faithfulness, and trust. In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, John Proctor does not portray these qualities of a good man. Proctor was puritan living in Salem. As a puritan, he should have held showed these high morals, but that was certainly not the case. He was married to Elizabeth Proctor and they had two sons and one on the way. Proctor is a liar, unfaithful and mistrusting because he commits adultery with a young girl named Abigail Williams and he tries to keep it covered. He corrupts his family and eventually cause little girls to start the Salem Witch Trials.
Arthur Miller was born on October 17th, 1915 in New York City and died February 10, 2005, in Roxbury, Connecticut. When he was young his family owned a women’s clothing store, however, they had lost it during the Great Depression which forced them to move into a smaller home in Brooklyn. The depression largely influenced Miller’s ideas and how he saw life, also looking to the Greeks for inspiration when writing, he had a tendency to revolve his characters around a power, “personal responsibility”, and the “twin poles of guilt and hope” (“Arthur Miller”). Meanwhile, Miller worked many jobs during the depression to earn money for college, he attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied English and used his various scholarships
During Arthur Miller’s life span from 1915-2005, he wrote works such as “The Crucible”, “A View From the Bridge”, ” Incident at Vichy”, “The Price”, “The American Clock”, “The Creation of the World and Other Business” , and “Broken Glass”. Though his writing in “The Crucible” was based on a time before his life. So why Miller wrote the piece has to do with the factors of what was going on around him in America and his personal life relationships that were influences of and in his writing of the piece in 1953. Miller’s playwrights were transcendent to others writing, reflective of the time, giving people a frank view of the events happening, and changed American theater.
When people think of the play, “The Crucible”, they usually picture the witch trials and women being hanged, but Arthur Miller depicts the witch trials in a completely new light. He shows through a story that the witch trials were much more than just people calling others witches. There was deceit, pain, greed, and more. Through the play, we follow the character, Abigail, observe her actions and their consequences. We witness the lives of people she impacts, what happens to them, and how many times she lies to get her way. Abigail does all this for the man that she loves and had an affair with, John Proctor. If the reader begins to focus on John, his actions and what he stands for, they are easily able to recognize he portrays characteristics of the flawed nature of an individual. It is shown through the fact that he had an affair, isn’t able to forgive himself, and at the end of the book, is unable to give up something dear to him to save himself and others.
Arthur Miller, the author of The Crucible, once said, “Guilt is un-freedom. Freedom without any guilt is the ultimate freedom.” Miller introduces the concept of a tragic hero played by the central figure in the play, John Proctor. Proctor is a tormented individual; he presumes that his affair with Abigail perpetually damaged his reputation in the eyes of God, Elizabeth, his wife, and himself. Even though Proctor recognizes his faults and sins by committing to adultery, he lacks the capacity to forgive himself. From this, he struggles to maintain his relationship with Elizabeth, all the while suffering from the weight of his own sin. In addition, Proctor must also reveal his infringement to the public which means risking the purity of his name. Proctor’s struggle with guilt consumes his freedom and his survival