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The Crucible

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Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" is a play based on the theme of truth and justice. Choose a character from the play who is either seeking the truth, avoiding the truth or hiding the truth. Explain to what extent the character achieves their aim and discuss how the dramatist uses the situation to reveal important aspects of the character's role in the play as a whole. "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller is a play based on the theme of truth and justice. John Proctor plays a major part in this theme as he is one of the few characters who is seeking the truth and can see through the witch trials. He tries to rise over the adversity of the trials, and the injustice that is being carried out. Originally Proctor did not want to be involved in the trials. However he wasn't left with much choice when Elizabeth was arrested. ...read more.


The only way that Proctor can cease the trials is to admit to his adultery, and so has to face the truth himself before he can allow justice to be done. It takes a lot for Proctor to do this as he has huge amount of pride in himself, and doesn't not want to ruin his reputation and his good name in the village. Although he tries to avoid this originally, through Mary Warren, Proctor is eventually left with no alternative but to admit to his adultery. Proctor is desperate for Danforth and the court to accept what he is saying as the truth, and stresses just how much Abigail is trying to stir things up. "I beg you, sir, I beg you-see her what she is... She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. ...read more.


Although things do not turn out how Proctor would have liked in the end, he did actually achieve what he aimed to ultimately. The people of Salem did realise that the trials had been a sham, after Abigail ran off at the end of the play. This unfortunately happened after Proctor had died though, making him a martyr and the tragic hero of "The Crucible." Throughout the play John Proctor is the only character to actively seek the truth, and desperately wants others to follow him and justice to be done. Although things did not turn out exactly how Proctor wanted them to, it eventually became clear that he was a good, genuine man. Ironically he could be seen to be the purest member of the society, even though he did not attend church regularly and didn't support Reverend Parris. His role of the protagonist and hero of the play was mostly down to his purity, and personal integrity and the fact that he was the single character to fight the injustice occurring to his death, becoming the martyr that he never wanted to be. ...read more.

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