Corrupt Women In The Crucible

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“Our character is developed in the tough times. That’s when our faith is tested and made stronger.” Anonymous. The foundation of faith and brotherly love are the very things that tested three men in Arthur Miller's Crucible. The Crucible weaves a tale of corruption, greed, and repression that took over the town of Salem, Massachusetts. The Crucible details the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, in which seven prepubescent girls all allege to be plagued by witchcraft. The girls then go on to blame women in the town of witchcraft, these women tending to be people that the girls or their families loathe. Three men found themselves entangled in this sticky web of lies, only to realize their true selves. Reverend Parris, Reverend Hale, and John Proctor …show more content…
From the beginning of the Crucible, John Proctor is a hot-tempered man who willingly cheats on his wife without abandon. When confronted about the affair, he seemingly protects Abigail " I know I cannot keep it [Abigail telling John that the witchcraft is a lie.]. I say I will think on it!"(58) and lashes out at his wife, " Oh, Elizabeth, your justice would freeze beer!" (59). Over the course of the trial, John begins to realize how much Elizabeth truly means to him. When Elizabeth is accused of being a witch and taken away, John becomes desperate when trying to defend her and claims that Elizabeth "..will never die for me! I will bring your guts into your mouth but that goodness will not die for me!" (138). The relationship between the two become more and more tender until the very end of the novel when John confesses that "My [his] honesty is broke, Elizabeth; I am no good man. Nothing’s spoiled by giving them this lie that were not rotten long before." (138). He then finally asks for forgiveness and him and Elizabeth share a warm embrace before John finally meets his maker for admitting to the affair and to save his name. John Proctor died absolved for his sins and with a clean marriage. The significance of John Proctor's transformation is that his character has undergone a complete transformation, he went from a hot head to a tender and kind man. He learned the importance of family and staying true to yourself above all. Although the other men's beliefs were shaken and one or two traits were learned, John completely changed his character and way of treating people. He learned to forgive, most of all,