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The Crucible - Character at odds

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"The Crucible" A character at odds with others "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller is set in 1692 at the time of the Salem witch trials. The play probes into the workings of the repressed society to discover it is run with bigotry and tyranny. Although the town is a shambles, there shines the protagonist, John Proctor, who stands for purity and integrity. As the town crumbles, Proctor finds himself up against a formidable force. The play opens with a group of girls being caught whilst sporting in the forest. Suspicious eyes turn towards the girls and they attempt to shift the blame. After an affair with the protagonist John Proctor, Abigail tries to place an incantation on his wife Elizabeth. During Abigail's attempts to shift the blame she draws a significant portion of the innocent population into her twisted games. Due to the accusations the ones caught in this, shambles have no option but to give up their souls and name the devils accomplices. However, Proctor stands against this to save the people he loves dearly. During the first act when the reader is first introduced to the protagonist, John Proctor, it is clear that he is at odds with those around him. Salem is a well masked town as on the surface it appears as the usual law abiding and religious citizens but underneath this disguise is a well hidden truth of a decaying society that Proctor greatly detests. ...read more.

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himself as the superior figure for integrity and showing he has learned from his mistakes: "Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut of my hand before I'll eve reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby." This reinforces Proctor's status as being a strong willed character standing up for what he believes is the right thing to do despite the adultery he committed before. This also shows the emotion Proctor faces while confronting Abigail. Furthermore, Proctor has convinced himself that nothing happened between the two of them and suggests Abigail does the same as it will never happen in the future. In the second act it is quickly brought to the reader's attention that Elizabeth Proctor has been caught up in the accusations of witchcraft and Proctor sets his mind on getting her cleared of charges: "I will fall like an ocean on that court! Fear nothing, Elizabeth." This simile demonstrates Proctor loves his wife dearly and stands by her no matter the consequence. It also shows that Proctor intends on going to the court and setting things straight. Later in the act Proctor goes to court with a plan to confront the authorities to save his wife. He asks Mary Warren to support his cause as she has become fed up with following Abigail: "we will slide together into our pit; you will tell the court what you know." ...read more.

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Nothing's spoiled by giving them this lie that were not rotten long before." This conveys that Proctor has considered lying and has begun to doubt his own honesty. He suddenly has a change of heart and decides to rip up the confession as he cannot stand lying to save his own life but is willing to sacrifice it to save others: "for now I do think I see a shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs." This proves that Proctor has decided to do the right thing and go to the rope. He decides to do this as he is able to keep his name and has not allowed anyone to push him around. It also shows he has kept his integrity intact, which was at odds with what the judges wanted as they knew they were in the wrong but still went along with it to not give them or the church a bad name. In conclusion, Proctor was at odds with numerous foes but stood his ground and held on to his integrity at the same time. Although he did sacrifice himself to prove Abigail wrong, he saved his family and others from being hung along with saving his name from being blackened and pinned on the church. He stood up for what he believed in: purity and integrity. The rest of the population of Salem now has a figure to look up to for the right thing. ?? ?? ?? ?? Word Count: 1,450 ...read more.

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