Discernment was an important aspect of the Crucible, though many characters in the Arthur Miller play show poor judgement, one unlikely player in the game of Salem’s mass hysteria who made choices that showed sound logic was Abigail Williams. While her actions would not seem morally sound to the masses, especially not in the insular times of the witch trials, her endeavours into deceit and revenge were merely a product of the time. She was stifled to an extent that even dancing was considered a crime, and women were considered sinful for even daring to read. While her accusations were falsehoods and cruel to those who were jailed or put to death, she was following the ambitions she was unable to seek as a woman in 1690s Massachusetts. Her love
“Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name?
Throughout the play The Crucible, John Proctor shows that he is a tragic hero. Although he is a hero, we see this in both good and bad ways. John is seen as a devil worshipper when he says, “I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face!”(119-120) He says this because he is now being the one accused of having seen the devil and this was his way of responding. It seems to make everyone think that he is evil because he is saying how he has seen that devil and that it was Danforth that he saw.
Power is conveyed in all places and corners of the world. The characteristics of this theme includes control, domination, and a plethora of other traits. This theme can occur in an everyday basis. Not only in plays. For example, dictators have a major influence in his or hers country.
The history of humanity is essentially a long string of ups and downs, rights and wrongs, Golden Ages and Great Depressions. While it may seem to the average person like humanity has made great strides, many historians believe that within the last 3,400 years, humans have only been at peace for 268 of them. The time left over, which is 3,132 years, are times of war, including World War I and II, the American Revolution, Hundred Years War, even the Fall of the Roman Empire; this time also includes many sins, wrongdoings, and accusations of the innocent. The concept of sin has been the inspiration for many works of literature. One great writer who took inspiration from those scenarios is Arthur Miller.
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.
Many of the people in the Crucible have a reputation that could be a theme, but some of John Proctors comments convinced me to believe his reputation makes the most prevalent theme. John made a questionable decision when he slept with Abigail but his honesty is what kept his wife safe from convictions: “Because it speaks deceit, and I am honest!” John confessed to sleeping with Abigail when Elizabeth was being tried in order for people to believe that Elizabeth is truthful. People were surprised to hear about John’s affair, but over time they realized the significance his confession was to everyone other than himself. John knew that his confession would most likely lead to his death but he was willing to die to save his wives life.
Analyzing The Crucible’s Dramatic Structure Aristotle believed that drama and poetry should have an unmistakable beginning, middle, and end. Originally, it was a three-act structure, but in the following years this view of Aristotle’s was expanded to include more divisions in a five-act structure. This new format for drama, known as Freytag’s Pyramid, gives each act a purpose, helping the audience progress from exposition to resolution. Though The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is only a four act drama, the play can still fit into Freytag’s Pyramid by applying more than one element to an act.
In The Crucible, that character of John Proctor is an arrogant, stubborn man who got caught “with his hand in the cookie jar” and ended up paying the well-deserved, ultimate price for his actions. Throughout the book there are examples of his arrogance and stubbornness as he interacts with his wife, Elizabeth Procter, his mistress Abigail Williams, and the larger Salem community. John Proctor, both in the book and real life, prances around doing whatever he pleases and expects no consequences. For example, here is a quote from “John Proctor: First Male Accused Witch” article, “Various witnesses testified that Proctor threatened or admitted to beating several people involved in the witch trials” (Brooks P16). This shows how arrogant John is
In Act One of the play John Proctor says “Proctor: No more! I should have roared you down when first you told me your suspicion. But I wilted, and, like a Christian, I confessed. Confessed! Some dream I had must have mistaken you for God that day.