The Worth of Men

1656 Words Jan 30th, 2018 7 Pages
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”. In other words, a man is only worth what he fights for during hardship. It is not what man does during times of calm, but what he does during the times that actually matter, or the hardships, that determines his worth. This statement is true as it accurately depicts not only many works of literature, but also real life. Both the play, The Crucible by Arthur Miller and the memoir, Night by Eliezer Wiesel, support the idea that man is only worth his actions in times of crisis or controversy. The Crucible proves the statement as true through the conflicts of John Proctor and Night proves King’s statement as true through the actions of Eliezer Wiesel.

The play, The Crucible, shows that the worth of man is only determined by what we choose to do in times of persecution. This is shown through characterization. Characterization is how the author chooses to unravel the character’s personality as the story progresses. The Crucible is a play narrating the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. The story mainly focuses on the evolution of John Proctor, a humble farmer in Salem, Massachusetts during the Witch Trials. In the beginning of the play, Proctor is characterized as a hypocrite hating, yet pragmatic realist. This is ironic because he himself is a hypocrite regarding his “affair” with Abigail, his…

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