The Crucible

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interpretations of the word crucible as there is for the theme of Arthur Miller's, The Crucible. Closely related to the word "crucifixion", The Crucible is about a man put in a crucible situation, who is forced to choose between life and morality, just as Jesus Christ did. Miller interweaved these scenarios to form the main themes of the play – the problem of making the right moral choice and the necessity of sacrifice as a means of redemption. Both of these themes can be abridged to form one main theme, good versus evil and Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams are a microcosm of what happened in the story because they are opposite of each other, which makes their characters vital to the plot of the story. Their roles are determined by…show more content…
She controlled the whole village with her lies and threatened people if they told others she was a fake. She did all these things just for herself. She may have killed all those people, but she was really killing herself. There are numerous "good" characters in the novel that try to prove that there are no such things as witches, as well as "bad" who use the trials for their own gain, and the plot revolves around their struggle against each other. One of the many cases where good versus evil is portrayed is through the situation between Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams. So, as Abigail and the girls who were caught dancing in the forest charge several innocent people for witchery, Abigail saw it as an opening to rekindle the love between her and John Proctor by accusing his wife, Elizabeth, of witchcraft. Elizabeth is then charged for witchcraft and was put to trial. She had the choice to either confess her sins and save her life or not confess and get hanged. These accusations, we learn in the novel, are not true and are merely stories to put the blame of someone's mistakes or wrongdoings to someone else. This is reflected through the minor characters of Mary Warren and Mercy Lewis, followers of Abigail Williams, and through Danforth and various townspeople. After Abigail Williams and the girls are discovered dancing in the forest by Reverend Parris, there are rumours of witchcraft among them, when Betty Parris and Ruth Putnam are

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