Theme Of Guilt In The Crucible

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The Crucible was not accepted widely when it first came out in the 1950’s. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. There is a multitude of themes in The Crucible. These range from guilt and revenge to authority and integrity. A very apparent theme is guilt. The theme of guilt is shown through many of the characters and is a big part of making The Crucible by Arthur Miller so interesting. Maureen Johnson, a well known author says, “Guilt isn't always a rational thing... Guilt is a weight that will crush you whether you deserve it or not”. If one is to believe this saying, it is vital for theme guilt to be notice in the Crucible.
The first example of guilt is shown with John Proctor, in Salem, John Proctor is married and has 3 kids with his wife, Elizabeth Proctor. It begins with their relationship lacking in intimacy, then John Proctor's affair with Abigail Williams, whom is the leader behind the accusations of the witchcraft. John is tested when his wife is being accused by the girl he cheated on his wife with. He has had this weight on his shoulders bringing him down for a while, when chaos hit in Salem, he knew things could only get worse. After his wife was arrested, John knew what needed to happen. John then confesses to the court about the affair saying, “A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything, I know it now. I beg you, sir, I beg you—see her what she is.... She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help
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