The Depth of Human Evil in "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller Essay

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The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is an intriguing novel about the witch trials in Salem during the 17th century. During the Salem witch trials, innocent people were accused of being witches just so that others could take their land and farms. The main protagonist, John Procter, stands up against the corruption and greed that has infested the very heart of Salem, and tries to overthrow Abigail Williams, a corrupt young maiden who blames and kills the accused witches. This novel explores the depth of evil in human nature through these main characters John Procter and Abigail Williams. But despite the corruption of Abigail and the town, the just emerge to try and stop this evil from occurring. The characteristics of John Procter are …show more content…
John Procter’s commitment and dedication to the truth overpowers the evil in this story and is one of his strongest and most valuable character attributes. John Procter’s persistence and persuasiveness with others and the court are also strong character traits and are important to the novel. Throughout, John Procter forcefully expresses his ideas to others and tries to influence them to believe him or adapt to his side of the story. When John goes against the court, by using his ability to interact well with others, he is able to bend the courts favor to his advantage. When he says, If she is innocent! Why do you never wonder if Parris be innocent, or Abigail? Is the accuser always holy now? Were they born this morning as clean as God’s fingers? I’ll tell you what’s walking in Salem – vengeance is walking in Salem. We are; …... (p.73) he is exercising his ability to gain the favor of the people, by using his powerful persistence and persuasion. One of John’s main interactions with another character is with Abigail. When Abigail was a maid of the Procter family, she and John had an affair. They fired her when his wife Elizabeth found out about the affair. At the beginning of the book, John acts as if he is still in love with Abigail. But as the story unfolds, and Abigail’s true nature is exposed, he grows more and more impervious to her wicked intentions and manipulations. So much so that he
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