How Does Ebenezer Scrooge Change In The Crucible

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Michael Eybs Mrs. Gallucci English 11- Period 2 October 31, 2014 The Crucible As depicted in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge is characterized as a selfish and self absorbed individual who only cares about himself. He thinks poorly of the lower class and is disgusted by them. He even refuses to donate to the poor knowing that they may die from starvation. When this is brought to his attention, he responds by saying, “they had better do it and decrease the surplus population.” From the beginning of the play to the end, Scrooge makes a drastic change into becoming a generous and caring person. He even increases his workers pay when he realizes he has been being cheap and not caring for others. Throughout literary …show more content…

Before the play has even begun, we are informed that John has cheated on his wife, Elizabeth, with Abigail Williams who was a maid in his house. Proctor, already starting to feel some guilt, says to Abigail, “No, no, Abby. That’s done with.”(17) while describing the affair they had. Proctor even says to her that even though “I may think of you softly from time to time. But i will cut my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again”(29). Proctor uses an extreme, bloody image to emphasis his determination to never have an affair with her again. Proctor is not worried about his wife here, he is just worried that his reputation will be ruined if this secret ever were to surface. This raises the idea of how Proctor is being self-centered and caring about his enjoyment before his wife’s …show more content…

Proctor shows this by trying to help prove Elizabeth innocent. Proctor gets 91 people to sign a petition saying how “they’ve known the women for many years and never saw no sign they had been dealings with the devil.”(93). Proctor is doing his best to free Elizabeth from the court but even with the petition, Judge Danforth is still not convinced. Along with this emphasizing how Proctor has changed to care about his wife, he also states, “My wife will never die for me...that goodness will not die for me.” Here Proctor is talking with Mary Warren after the arrest of Elizabeth. He is forcing Mary to go to the court the next day to testify for his wife. Proctor will not let his wife die because of his affair with Abigail. Proctor has changed to care more about Elizabeth than anything else at the

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