Literary Analysis OfThe Crucible, By Arthur Miller

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How many people have you met in your life that is stronger because of a difficult experience they went through? Most people are because we take these difficult experiences and grow from them and become better people. This is the exact case is expressed in the play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. The story begins in Salem, Massachusetts 1692 right in the middle of a period of witchcraft hysteria. During this time many people were accused of being witches and wrongly convicted by judges Danforth and Hathorne. The characters in the story are struggling because of a girl named Abigail who gets caught practicing witchcraft and then starts naming and accusing others so that she doesn’t get in trouble; one of these people being a well-respected farmer, John Proctor’s, wife Elizabeth. The title, The Crucible, refers to a test, trial, ordeal, formation by fire, and vessel baked to resist heat, and the entire story is an allegory meaning it has a hidden meaning. John Proctor symbolizes a crucible by embodying the definition of one, as he went through a test and was formed by fire.
John Proctor symbolizes a crucible because of the test he goes through that reveals his true character. In the middle of the story, Elizabeth is taken away because Abigail has accused her, and she is going to jail to most likely die. Proctor cannot accept this and says, “My wife will never die for me! I will bring your guts into your mouth but that goodness will not die for me” (1181) because he knows the only reason she was accused was to get back at John. Proctor knows what he has done and now his wife is going to face the consequences of it and we see his true character and strength here when he promises that he will stand up and fight for Elizabeth and will do whatever it takes to own up to his mistakes and make them right. Later in the story, Proctor is stuck in a hard place and can confess to the crime of lechery and take the punishment as it is given, or back down and let the blame fall on Elizebeth. After a long time of struggling to accept what he did, he finally lets go and confesses that he has committed lechery. This confession strengthens his character because he has done the right thing and has finally been freed of the burden

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