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The Sin Of Adultery In The Crucible

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Adultery, secrets, and witchcraft combine to equal a recipe for disaster. The Crucible is a classic play written by Arthur Miller. The play began in a Puritan settlement in Salem, Massachusetts. A group of girls are found dancing in the woods by the town minister, Reverend Parris. They realized that there will be a hefty punishment because of their actions so they claim that they were being possessed by witchcraft. Eventually a court is setup to determine if those accused are guilty or innocent. It starts out with only a few of the townspeople being accused of witchcraft, but that number grows very quickly and things begin to get out of control. Eventually people were accusing others out of sheer dislike. For example, Abigail Williams accused Elizabeth Proctor, the wife of John Proctor, of these events to eliminate Elizabeth. John Proctor started out denying and trying to hide the affair that he and Abigail had, but as the play went on he could hardly live…show more content…
He started out by trying to keep the affair a secret. John lived a good life, he had lots of land, three sons, and a wife, basically all you could ask for as a Prutain back then. His lust for Abigail Williams got in the way of all that. They end up having an affair and it destroyed Proctors self-respect and he felt very guilty. He is too ashamed and fearful of what might happen to him, to let out his secret. Proctor and Abigail have a conversation, and John tells her how he sometimes thinks of her but he can’t ever have a relationship with her. “Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again” (Miller 177). This shows how Proctor regrets what he has done and cuts all ties with Abby, but is still too afraid to let the truth be known. John Proctor felt very guilty and regrets what he has done with Abby, but as of Act I he has kept all of his problems inside which eventually will not work in his
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