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From your study of The Crucible would you say that Miller intended there to be a hero and/or a villain? Justify your answer by close reference to the play.

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From your study of THE CRUCIBLE would you say that Miller intended there to be a hero and/or a villain? Justify your answer by close reference to the play. I think Arthur Miller did mean there to be both a villain and a hero in his play. However the way he wrote his play made it so you would not have guessed some of their identities straight away. I consider John Proctor to be the hero of this play and Abigail Williams to be the villain. The characteristics that I think Miller believes a hero must have, beyond any other, is loyalty, and Proctor has that trait. He also must be brave and, in most respects, honest. He does not show these qualities when he appears in the beginning. At the start of the play Proctor shows little promise of heroism, he seems aggressive, violent, especially towards Mary Warren and Abigail, threatening to "show you a great doin' on you arse" and 'asking' if they "look for a whippin'?". ...read more.

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He tells the judge that "A man will not cast away his good name." He cast aside something that he felt was so important to him for the love for his wife, showing us how strong his emotions are and his sense of guilt. But even though he admits to lechery with Abigail he cannot bear the thought of confessing to something that is a lie to save his life (Act 3). He could not bring himself to betray his friends so that he could live a liar's life, for he believes that he is "not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang!". He keeps his loyalty to his friends intact by dieing a 'hero's' death and his personal integrity. It is this that Miller stresses most: "How may I live without my name?" While Proctor is not the conventional hero he at least tries to help people instead of being like Abigail who seems to have no morals and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. ...read more.

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She blames everything on someone else never taking the blame herself, "She made me do it!.." when asked by Hale whether she had done magic in the forest. She betrays the man whom she claims to care about to save herself when Proctor is accused of witchcraft she does not say anything to help him (Act 3) Even though she claims to care for Proctor and love Betty ("I would never hurt Betty. I love her dearly...", she does not, she cares for no one but herself. She is also a thief and a coward. After Proctor is arrested she no longer has anything keeping her in Salem and, as the judge no longer trust her, she and Mercy Lewis run away with thirty-one pounds stolen from Parris's safe. In short Abigail is a lying, manipulative, murderous woman whom will do anything to achieve what she wants. In conclusion I believe that Miller intended there to be many different characters that could be the villain or the hero but that Abigail and John stood out more than the others. Imy Jacobs 10X English ...read more.

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