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The Crucible

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The Crucible In the play, the Crucible, many of the characters learn things about themselves, as well as others. Discuss the insight gained by the characters of Elizabeth Proctor, Reverend Hale and John Proctor. In the play, The Crucible, many of the characters learn things about themselves, as well as others; characters like Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor and Reverend Hale gain an insight into each other throughout the play. Elizabeth and John Proctor learn how much they love each other; while Reverend Hale thinks, he is an expert witch-hunter. As the play continues, he gains an insight into himself and the other characters learning that what is going on, is not right. A Crucible is a container in which metals and other materials are heated, so as to separate the pure metals for waste and impurities. All of this applies to the three characters, mentioned above, as they go through the Crucible and either come out changed or remain the same. Elizabeth proctor is John Proctor's wife, she is an honest, truthful, good upright woman, who is very religious and lives her life according to her beliefs. ...read more.


No longer can she, " . . .judge . . . John" (p.109), as she did in Act Two. She realises that "It were a cold house [she] kept!" (p.110), and it was this, that ultimately lead John to look elsewhere. All of this shows that she has learnt something about herself. Reverend John Hale is another character who gains an insight into himself and others throughout the play. Hale thinks he is a witch-hunter; "nearing forty, a tight-skinned, eager-eyed intellectual" 9p.26) he is proud of his knowledge and expertise. He believes he holds the answers to many questions or fears concerning witchcraft, which may be troubling the ' simple' people of Salem, "He appears loaded down with half a dozen heavy books . . . they are weighted with authority" (p.30). He takes the opportunity straight away to show off his skills by exhorting Tituba and the girls to confess and denounce others, to save themselves. "Who come to you with the devil" he asks Tituba. At the beginning of the play, Hale goes along with the law and the Judges he thinks that what is going on is right. ...read more.


. . . I have known her, sir . . . she used to serve me in my house . . . I thought of her softly"(pp.88, 89), and it is here we see the insight John has gained into himself. He has realised that his wife's life and the lives of his friends are more important than saving his good name. We see John's true insight into himself and others in Act Four when he refuses sign to the testimony in order to save his name. "Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies!"(p.115). John Proctor learns that Elizabeth is a courageous woman and she's not as cold as he thought. His love is shown in Act three when he says, "my wife doesn't lie". Then again, in Act Four when Elizabeth says to John, "I cannot judge you, John"(p.109, this shows that she is not as cold as she used to be. Some characters change and come out of the Crucible pure yet others do not. Elizabeth, John and Hale all change throughout the play; they all gain an insight into themselves and others. ...read more.

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