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IN WHAT WAYS CAN THE AUDIENCE SEE THAT THE `THE CRUCIBLE`, BY ARTHUR MILLER, IS A PLAY WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY CONCERNED WITH THE SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE CENTRAL CHARACTER JOHN PROCTOR

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In what ways can the audience see that the `The Crucible`, by Arthur Miller, is a play which is essentially concerned with the spiritual development of the central character John Proctor Crucible - 'a pot in which base metals are melted down in order to purify them separating out base elements', this is how Arthur Miller was inspired to write the play about the Salem witch trials. The play shows people in Salem and how the jealousy turns out to be inferior, in other words how the witch craft trials started and how it got worse. 1692 was the year of the witch trials and many lives, or should I say innocent lives were lost based on accusations made by a small number of silly teenage girls; the ring leader of these so call girls was Abigail Williams. The Salem witch trials tried to distinguish the good from the evil. If you were suspected of witchcraft, then immediate action would take place, first arrested and then questioned. Any evidence that was used, usually intangible -was then word of mouth. If you were found guilty then you were hung. Also the play is comparable to McCarthyism in 1950, where exactly the same type of trials were taking place but to identify communism taking place, just like the witch trials you were taken for questioning and even in the 20th century word of mouth was taken as evidence. ...read more.

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The point being made is that John knows it is his fault and the consequence of it is he won't let go of her because he knows the truth about the arrest. He is reassuring her that nothing is going to happen to her. 'You will not go!' (Act 2 pg 63) Proctor knows that this is all a mistake but knowing it is his. Proctor argues with Mr Cheever that she is innocent and the courts are wrong. Proctor is running out of options he will do anything, even confess about his relationship to get her back. John knows that he is the only one to save his wife and he told her so. For this reason, John is a man of his word. In the previous Act he said 'I will bring you home' (Act 2 pg 63). We have known John to be a man of his word when he says to Abigail that he will cut off his hand and that he will bring Elizabeth back. He stopped what he said before, subsequently he is going to bring Elizabeth back knowing what he said to his wife, he knows Elizabeth has faith in him 'Oh, John, bring me soon!' (Act 2 pg 63). So John has to prove to the judge that his wife is innocent and Abigail accused her just to get John back so Elizabeth can't have him. ...read more.

Conclusion

The decision he made was to stop everything bad and he won't go to hell because of what he has done. It makes John a good man, meaning his spiritual development is complete because he is dead and can't change anymore. John Proctor should have his shred of 'goodness' because he has been churning long enough in the crucible pot. John Proctor is ready and purified and is a good man. He is finally, as I have mentioned, put a full stop to further deaths, being hung for witchcraft. This fact as it was proved in the Milgram experiment- where people would take another person's life without giving a second thought and were told to go even further, until they would die, Proctor was that person and did not listen. Furthermore, John was a final seal and said no more names, deaths or accusations and they were stopped. The government in March 1712 after a solemn meeting declared a democracy in Salem. All were compensated with their land, money and a good name for beloved people who died tragically in the witch trials. The ways the audience see 'The Crucible', is concerned with spiritual development of John. He is linked to all key events in the play, and still Arthur Miller showed how a man changed and died to save a state, in order to save other people and the good name of Proctor. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Umer Hussain Essay- The Crucible. ...read more.

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