Analysis Of John Proctor 's ' The Crucible '

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Grover, Katie
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Honors Sophomore English
August 8, 2016
TITLE GOES HERE DO NOT FORGET In common vernacular, a crucible is used to heat substances in order to become more pure or perfect; however, when a town with strict theology and no tolerance is subject to the grueling torture of innocent lives dying for a false cause, the result is anything but perfect. Though John Proctor does find some relief in his redemption at the end, by no means does the drama have a happy ending. Though it is somewhat plausible to define Arthur Miller’s drama, The Crucible, as a comedy, there is overwhelming evidence in favor of the drama being labeled a tragedy. John Proctor’s inability to overcome his moral weakness of lust, the town’s tragic flaw of intolerance and jealousy, and Proctor’s inability to rationalize his life and the world around him combine in a heartbreaking way to form a tragedy. Moral weaknesses, especially John proctor’s, play a key role in classifying The Crucible as a tragedy. John struggles with his many emotions and his brutal honesty in a grueling fight to clear his name. Proctor’s anger at having committed such a sin leads him to tell Abigail, “‘You’ll speak nothin’ of Elizabeth’” (Miller 22). His quick, harsh words to a girl that he once regarded fondly reveal his internal battle, as well as his newfound distaste of Abby. He wishes for Abby to forget what they did so that he might try to fix his suffering marriage. Proctor’s regret is amplified when he…
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