CCR ENGLISH 11
3 November 2017
The Crucible Essay
For every cause, there is an effect from it; therefore, it can create character change from it. This same phenomenon can be seen in the story by Arthur Miller in The Crucible, when certain occurrences cause the characters within the play to change drastically. The Crucible is a play based off the Salem witch trials that took place in the colony of Massachusetts during the year 1692 and 1693. The play focuses on multiple young girls who put their lives at risk when they began dancing in the woods, but in order to save their own lives they decide to accuse others of witchcraft. This accusation leads to widespread paranoia and causes the citizens of Salem to suspect anyone could be a witch. Eventually only one girl in particular is able to save their own life from certain death and cause the death of an innocent man, along with other nineteen individuals who were a victim of the widespread paranoia that the girls caused which resulted in the accusations of possible witches within Salem. Within the play, there are three characters that change over time after certain events that happen later on in the story, John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, and Reverend Hale are these three characters that change throughout the play.
John Proctor was a very selfish man who had an affair with a seven-teen year old girl whose name was Abigail Williams. This affair leads to an accusation of witchcraft, which in return seals John's fate. During John's affair with Abigail he can be seen here in a selfish act "Abby I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I'll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out mind. We never touched Abby!" (Miller, 23) This infers that John cares very deeply about himself and the reputation he has, if other people found that he has committed adultery then it would make him look bad and that is not what he wants. After John is accused of witchcraft, he knows that the accusation is false. John suddenly realizes that if he goes through with admitting to witchcraft, and then signing the false confession to save himself it would be a complete dishonor to the fellow prisoners who have died innocently while he just trembled at death's door. Now, John has turned from being selfish to selfless when it comes to time to either die or live with the guilt of knowing that he dishonored the deaths of innocent prisoners and having his family's reputation ruined in Salem "Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!" (Miller, 143) as seen here, it is very clear what choice John made here. He does not want the confession hung on the church for sake of his family, and he does not want others to suffer for his wrong doings. John also did what was honorable to...