The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Buddy Al-Aydi
English 9 CP
14th October 2014

The Crucible Essay

The Crucible was a novel written by Arthur Miller in the 1950’s. It was written in a format of the play, portraying an allegory of the Salem Witch-Hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy. The book is known to have a inexplicable plot. This plot is advanced by multiple characters in the book in order to ensure that the reader maintains interest with the material that is being read. The farmer, John Proctor, would be the individual capable of evolving the plot in this masterpiece of writing. John Proctor has a gift of sticking close to the theme like tape for each Act. For example, in Act I, denial is a major theme utilized in order to reveal what a character may conceal, or will not undetake. “Proctor: Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby”(Miller 21-22). In this quote, Proctor is denying the fact that he and Abigail were ever together, although Abigail constantly insists that they both were Romeo and Juliet. Another example would be in Act II. The major theme in this case is personal guilt. Proctor: Spare me! You forget nothing and you forgive nothing’. Learn charity, woman. I have gone tiptoe in this house all seven month since she is gone. I have not moved from there to there without I think to please you, and still an everlasting funeral marches round your heart.

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