The Worth Of Men Essay

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Dr. 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 ...view middle of the document...

Proctor is also characterized as a continuously tormented character in the play. He believes that his “affair” has immutably damaged his reputation and conscience and lacks the leniency to forgive himself. His wife, who discovered Proctor’s “affair” with Abigail does not fully trust him, but also does not fully believe Proctor to be evil at heart. Instead she believes Proctor to be a “good man, only somewhat bewildered”(Miller, 58). She correctly assumes that the real person judging Proctor as guilty is himself, as she says, “The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you”(Miller, 58). Although there is a sense of falseness in her statement, the she is the only one in salem that can completely interpret Proctor. Fully knowing that his modest reputation would be demolished if he admitted lechery, he hesitates before saying anything. This is evident in his response to Elizabeth telling him to speak with Abigail, “I know I cannot keep it. I say I will think on it!” (Miller, 56). His tone of anger shows that he is deeply troubled by the “affair” as it is. Proctor instinctively understands that the worth of man is determined by his actions during a time of dispute. This is evident because he can’t let himself go after he committed adultery. Even his wife considers him to be a “good man”, but it is ultimately himself who cannot let himself go. Proctor is characterized as a hypocritical and self-judging man who proves the lens to be true because he instinctively knows that his actions define him and because he committed adultery, he considers himself a sinner.

The use of internal conflict is also evident in Miller’s work, The Crucible. Ultimately it is a man vs. self conflict that is Proctor’s righteous side against Proctor’s selfish side. Yet when it is Proctor’s turn to make a difference in Salem by attempting to save the life of his wife and those of all the condemned, he righteously admits lechery and tries to dismiss Abigail’s “crusade” as an utter farce by admitting in court and excusing his late confession with, “A man will not cast away his good name”(Miller, 115). Because Abigail is shrouded by a holy armor in a system where the accuser is always innocent, her only chink in the armor is the affair that only Proctor can bring up. If Proctor decides to admit lechery, Abigail’s would lose all credibility and the entire notion of witchcraft would be disregarded, thus saving lives. However, If he does not, innocent lives will be lost. Although his attempt ultimately fails, he has another chance to act the right way when he is condemned and sentenced to hang. At first, Proctor decides to lie and plead guilty and have his life at the behest of Elizabeth and Deputy Governor Danforth. However, he instinctively knows that that is the wrong thing to do and would only damage his conscience further. He makes the decision while knowing it is the wrong thing to do as he says, “It is evil, is it not? It is evil”(Miller, 144). He then decides that he does...

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