The Crucible Essay

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September 27, 2001 English The Crucible Pride, a simple five letter word that has played an important role throughout the history of man kind. The word pride caused ancient Egyptians to make amazing monuments like pyramids and golden tombs, it caused the French to build a world known monument, the Eiffel tower, but has also taken the lives of many men. Wars, battles, crusades, murders, hate, cold-heartedness, and many more, are great examples of when men think too much of themselves and have excessive pride and would rather have their prides than their own lives. The Crucible is a story that takes place in a small town and it is about this girl, Abigail Williams, that has an affair with a good man, John Proctor, but then he denies her but she still wants him. She wants him so much that she wants his wife, Elizabeth Proctor, to die because she thinks that she can take her place next to John. She makes the whole town believe that there are witches among the town and Reverend Hale believes that it is his duty to eliminate these witches. Trials are made, and innocent people are accused for stupid reasons, excessive pride being one of them, but then, the people that are accused have the choice of dying with dignity and pride, or live by falsely confessing to witchcraft. Throughout the book The Crucible, excessive pride is written subconsciously throughout the whole book and it is particularly obvious in the role of three of the major characters; Reverend Hale, Elizabeth Proctor, and John Proctor. One of the main characters in the book The Crucible, Reverend Hale, shows many signs of excessive pride throughout the whole book, he show his excessive pride in many different ways but a particular example is in p. 39: "Have no fear now, we shall him (lucifer) out if he has come among us, and I mean to crush him utterly if he has shown his face." He basically is stating that he will do God's job of hunting down the devil and making sure that he will no longer bother this town. Reverend Hale shows excessive pride by saying the previous quote because he is trying to make everybody think that he can do a job that no man can do, which is to find whatever is bad in the town and eliminate it. He also shows excessive pride because he is assuring the people that he can do this impossible task, practically by himself, but he later realizes that he couldn't."There is blood on my head! Can you not see the blood on my head?" p. 131 By saying the quote above, Reverend Hale admits that he couldn't do the job that he promised all these people that he would, and that now, because of him innocent people, some of the town's best, are going to be killed because they have been accused of a crime that they would never in their lives commit, and now he cannot do anything to stop the murder of the people that he accused of witchcraft.Another character in the book The Crucible who can be easily accused of having excessive pride throughout the book...

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