The Role Of Suffering In The Crucible

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The Crucible “The Crucible” is a play, by Arthur Miller, about the Salem Witch Trials. After reading “The Crucible”, you will be asking yourself, is it necessary for a person to suffer? The answer to the question is shown through the characters, Giles Corey, John and Elizabeth Proctor, and Abigail Williams. John Proctor is a respected puritan man in the community. John had made the mistake of sleeping with, a teenage girl, Abigail Williams. What John did cause pain to his wife Elizabeth; his affair caused the loving couple to break farther apart. A love that John missed Church to home and nurse his wife back to health instead. John is falsely accused of being a witch and is brought to prison. The distressed caused by being in prison is too much for John that he cannot think clearly. John is offered a choice to admit that he and the others practiced witchcraft, and be set free or serve a life sentence. John is under so much stress that he keeps changing his mind and not signing. John was unable to sign because he would not be able to deal with the townsfolk’s ridicule. The stress of suffering caused John to be hanged and have his wife Elizabeth to raise his child alone. (Miller pgs. 1170, 1231) Giles Corey is an old man that has converted to…show more content…
Abigail had to deal with suffering at a young age, when her parents were brutally murdered in front of her by Native Americans. The death of parents is stressful, more so when you are such a tender age. What happened to Abigail was so stressful that she had a mental breakdown. Abigail developed a sociopathic disorder, from not being able to handle the amount of suffer and stress she had. This suffering caused Abigail to make horrible decisions, she had a relationship with a married man and accused people of being witches. These accusations ended up overwhelming Abigail to the point that she ran away, showing that suffering causes more
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