Literary Criticism Of The Crucible

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Literary Analysis Essay Crucible, a word with many definitions. It could be a pot that withstands great heat, a hard trial, or a very high grade of steel. John Proctor, a charter in the crucible, withstood great “heat” from many people, went through many trial and was of a very high grade of character. He represented all three definitions of the word crucible. The first definition, crucible: a pot which, because it can withstand great heat, is used to melt iron and other metals. John Procter represented this definition of crucible in many ways. One way is, he is able to withstand the anger of Elizabeth. Elizabeth is angry with him in the beginning of Act II leading them into an argument. In that argument Proctor, “You will not judge me more, Elizabeth (1164)”, saying that he shows that he doesn't believe he is in the wrong and will not back down. He also represented this definition by not giving into Abigale. She tries to seduce him once again while he is at Parris’s houses. He replies to her attempts with, “...But I will cut off my hand before I ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of your mind... (1132)”, once again not breaking under pressure. One final way he represented this definition is by not going to church. He still being a Christian man doesn't believe that Parris, the minister, is a man of God. He even says, I have a love for God but not Parris (1192). Even though at the time everyone was expected to be in church every Sunday he was able to stay strong and

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