The Crucible And A Plea For Mercy Analysis

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The Future of Humanity and Preservation of Life When death is on the line, the definition of justice becomes blurred. Both morally and physically, injustice runs rampant when a life hangs in the balance. Two examples of this conundrum are the play, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, and “A Plea for Mercy”, a portion of the concluding statements of defense attorney, Clarence Darrow. Both works deal with the trial of someone that has been irreversibly condemned by the government, and the people trying to keep them alive. The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, during the brutal peak of witch-trials and executions. John Proctor, a man convicted of witchcraft by a jealous, adulterous young woman, is to be hanged for his perceived crimes. His wife, Elizabeth, convicted of witchcraft nine months prior by the same woman, is permitted to see her husband on the day of his execution. Proctor has confessed to his relationship with the woman, Abigail Williams, and feels that he…show more content…
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? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” (Crucible 211). “Elizabeth (supporting herself against collapse, grips the bars of the window, and with a cry). He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!” (Crucible 212). Proctor exclaims when asked why he is not willing to give them the confession that he has given them his soul, but his name is what lives on after death. He feels he has lied for too long and refuses to do so any longer. Elizabeth responds, feeling a mixture of relief and dread as her husband is hanged. He has provided his weary soul with a taste of relief and goodness, whilst condemning himself to death. When it has become evident that he will sacrifice his life in exchange for his honor, Elizabeth follows suit, begging them to let him keep his reputation if he is to be
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