Essay on The Crucible By Arthur Miller

1169 Words Apr 15th, 2016 5 Pages
Sinners must be condemned to the blazing depths of Hell for eternity, while those that are virtuous shall ascend to the Heavens. During the events of the Salem Witch Trials in Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, numerous of the townsfolk are accused of witchcraft and are punished for crimes they did not commit. Furthermore, the trials are roused and founded by those that have a vindication towards people they dislike or see as troublesome, whether they are sinful or innocent. Ultimately, this conjecture finds a way to convict Elizabeth Proctor, the wife of the protagonist, John Proctor. However, our protagonist has actually committed a sin: adultery. This affects his relationship with Elizabeth and disorients himself, despite his morally good intentions. Throughout Act 1 and 2, John Proctor gradually develops and overcomes wicked temptations of sin, learning that he may redeem himself from his alluring, promiscuous past. The protagonist of The Crucible goes through the stages of redemption, mending the harmful escapades of his past. In Act 1, when John first enters onstage, he initially encounters Abigail Williams, Mercy Lewis, and Mary Warren. After sending out Mary, his servant, Abigail comments on how aggressive Proctor can be; a callback to the sentiments Abigail still has for Proctor. Later, it is revealed that Abigail, while serving the Proctor family, was having a secret affair with John. Abigail attempts to seduce John once more, “John--- I am waitin’ for you every…

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