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The Crucible Critical Lens


Dolly Parton once stated …”The way I see it, if you desire the rainbow, you got ta put up with the rain.” To put it simply you need to go through struggle to see success. I agree with this quote due to the fact that in my viewpoint absolutely nothing in life is handed to you easily, you need to work through it and conquer numerous challenges in order to get pleasing results.

This concept is plainly established in the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. It is shown through the primary characters; John Proctor, Abigail Williams and Reverend Hale.

The Crucible by Arthur Miller was based on the Salem witch trials that happened in between 1692 and 1693. More than 200 people were implicated of practicing witchcraft and 20 were performed. Eventually the colony admitted the trials were a mistake and compensated the families of those who were founded guilty. Since, the story of the trials has actually ended up being a symbol of injustice and continues to affect more than 300 years later. In the play John Proctor is a married man who formerly had an affair with Abigail Williams while she was working at his house as a housemaid.

Eventually John’s partner, Elizabeth Proctor, ends up being mindful of what was taking place and she right away dismissed Abigail. When the women began accusing individuals of witchcraft, Abigail Williams implicated Elizabeth Proctor because she wanted John to herself. Little did she understand that John would begin defending his better half. He also explained his shock in the girls, fingers where then pointed at him too. John Proctor then started challenging the court due to the fact that of its lack of proof this resulted in a petition signed by 32 next-door neighbors in his favor.

He was tried and found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging. Proctor was carried out on mid-august of 1692. As he based on the scaffold he recited the Lord’s Prayer. This shows how John’s actions support the quote due to the fact that although It didn’t end gladly he attempted proving he was best and prosper because him praying made a drastic impression on the villagers as those founded guilty of witchcraft were not supposed to be able to perform such act. In The Crucible Abigail Williams is Samuel Parris, the minister’s

niece. Her and her cousin Betty where the first two accusers. Williams was 11 years old at the time. Whatever started when all the ladies were at the woods and Abigail was trying to put a spell on Elizabeth Proctor, because her health was currently delicate. Her function was to keep John Proctor to herself. She had ended up being consumed with him after their affair and could not seem to overcome him. While doing witchcraft in the woods they get captured. After that they started faking being bewitched. They all start accusing individuals stating they have actually seen them with the devil.

Since of Abigail and Betty’s claims to be possessed, false accusations would soon be made resulting in the death of 20 people and 3 females were detained, consisting of Tituba, Parris’s servant and two other women who one was hanged and the other died in prison. This shows how Abigail’s ruthlessness understood no borders. She didn’t mind innocent individuals being eliminated simply to conceal the fact that she was the one trying witchcraft in the woods. Abigail went through all that to keep her credibility and be viewed as the victim, and she excelled.

Reverend Hale is a young minister who has studied witchcraft in the hope of having the ability to destroy it in the name of God. Salem’s minister, Samuel Parris, had requested his presence so that he might examine Betty Parris. Reverend Hale is the one in charge of discovering who has marks of the devil for the witch trial. After seeing the horrors of the witch trial and viewing the loss of both human and the justice rights he speaks up versus them informing Judge Danforth that they are ethically wrong. Reverend Hale then leaves the court after hearing Mary Warren accuse John Proctor of witchcraft.

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