A person’s personality is extremely multifarious and is what influences the behavior of an individual. Strength within a personality enables a person to be assertive and outgoing, yet reasonable. Characters throughout Arthur Miller’s The Crucible show strength by standing up for what is right and by doing what is right. Elizabeth Proctor is a well-rounded person who is tries to stay true to her husband and family, in which she does by using the strength that she possesses. Elizabeth portrays strength in the play by hiding her emotions from those who appear to be powerful. She also tries to protect her husband’s reputation, while still being cautious with what she says and does, maintaining the strength within her personality, and still is an overall honorable person. Being a cautious person, Elizabeth Proctor is a woman who knows when a problem is arising around her. The problems that arise in The Crucible cause her to be cautious and worried about her surroundings. Being leery, in Salem, is a huge advantage when discussing problems because it gives power to the person. Because Elizabeth is shrewd, she knows what to do and what to say when in a certain situation. In Act Two, Elizabeth and John are having a conversation, when it is mentioned, “she doesn’t want friction, and yet she must.” (51). This shows Elizabeth trying not to create confrontation with her husband, but yet she feels that it is necessary. This leads into another example of Elizabeth and her cautious personality, because of what is said later in the conversation. When suggesting to John about telling Mr. Cheever the truth about the children it is said that she asked “Quietly, fearing to anger him by prodding.” (53). She understands that John has issues about his reputation and is careful when asking him to possibly tarnishing it. When addressing a problem that had arose months before the play takes place, John is angered by her suspicions and questions her judgment. In the same conversation in Act Two, when asked about his affair with Abigail Williams, John flips the blame on Elizabeth by stating, “Spare me! You forget nothin’ and forgive nothin’:”(54) This proves that Elizabeth is worried that John was with Abigail and is hesitant to believe that the affair is over. With caution, comes strength, which is a trait that if used wisely could be useful to any person. Power or strength can, when used right, can benefit anyone. Towards the end of the play Elizabeth finds herself in quite a large predicament. She is charged of witchcraft by Abigail Williams, and has to leave her home to go and wait in the jail. Proceeding to the ride to the jail, it is said, “she is fighting her weeping.” (77) By hiding he emotions, Elizabeth is able to show her strength so people do not think she is weak and afraid. Later during he same scene, Elizabeth shows her strength a second time by hiding her fear. In response to John saying, “fear nothing Elizabeth,” she states “with great fear: “I will fear nothing.” (78) The fear that Elizabeth has is masked by her strength to hide it. This is clever, because it lets people think that she fears nothing, when in reality she is terrified. Presumed to be a quiet and respectful wife, Elizabeth shows courage when she stands up to John…
The Crucible Essay
In Arthur Miller’s 1952 play The Crucible, Hale appears in Act 1 as a response to Reverend Parris’ request to examine his daughter Betty Parris. Hale devoted most of his life to the study of witchcraft and other demonic practices in the hopes of being able to destroy them in the name of God. As a devout Christian, Hale sees it has his duty to seek out the witches of the Salem village and “save their souls”.
A few of Reverend Hale’s actions show the changes he undergoes…
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a classical tragedy, with John Proctor as the play’s protagonist. Honest, upright, and blunt-spoken, Proctor is a good man, but one with a secret, fatal flaw. His lust for Abigail Williams led to their affair. This created Abigail’s jealousy of his wife, Elizabeth, which sets the entire witch frenzy in motion. Once the trials begin, Proctor realizes that he can stop Abigail’s rampage through Salem but only if he confesses to his adultery. Such an admission would ruin…
Jonathan Walton Block 2
November 4, 2014 Crucible Essay
In literature, there are two types of characters, static characters and dynamic characters. Static characters do not change throughout the duration of the story, but dynamic characters do change throughout the story. A dynamic character can be described by their actions, beliefs, and their relationships with others. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor can be described as a dynamic character.
One way John Proctor…
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18 March, 2015
The Similarities Between The Crucible and The Red Scare
Accusing someone of false accusations is easy. Seeing that someone face consequences
for those accusations is difficult and often unheard of. In the case of Arthur Miller’s
the false accusations made by the girls were carried out causing the victim’s lives to
end with a rope around their neck and nothing more than air beneath their feet. A similar
connection is found between Sen…
The Crucible Essay
In the play, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller; Reverend Hale and Abigail Williams are characters who change throughout the play.
Reverend Hale goes through personal changes during the witchcraft trails in Salem. Arthur Miller writes that Reverend John Hale is a trained witch-hunter and he will fight the Devil. Reverend Hale comes to Salem to help out Reverend Parris’s daughter, Betty, who is supposedly possessed by the Devil. In Act One, Hale states, “What victory…
Long Essay - The Crucible
q How is language used in The Crucible to express the emotional
intensity if characters in conflict with each other and/or society and
to convey the abstract ideas that emerge through that conflict?
The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller in 1953. It is a prime
example of dramatic theatre using powerful language to express
emotional intensity of the characters in conflict with each other and
their society. The language used also helps to convey the abstract…
English III 2nd
27 October 2014
The Crucible Character Analysis Essay
Reverend Hale in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible like most all of men of learning, spends a good amount of time pondering the invisible world. His job in the play is to diagnose witchcraft if presented and provide a cure if necessary through conversation or removing the infected inhabitants from Salem. Reverend Hale devours majority of his time to his faith and work. Throughout the play, Reverend Hale…
February 9, 2015
The Crucible is a 1953 play written by Arthur Miller, that showcases the Salem witch
trials that took place in the Massachusetts in 1692. The play was made into a 1996 film
directed by Nicholas Hynter. In the movie, several teenage girls sneak out of their houses
around dawn one morning. They meet in the forest and dance, which is forbidden in the town.
While dancing a woman named abigail sheds her clothes and proceeds to drink an animal’s…
The Crucible. What is the first thing that comes to you mind when you hear that? For me it was Judgment. The three reasons that support why Arthur Miller named his story, “The Crucible” are that crucible means to melt at high temperatures (Heat that the characters are going through), how the town begins to form after everything has been heated up (Trials, executions), and how everything cools down after its been formed.
The first reason is that crucible means, “To melt at high temperatures”…
The Crucible Essay
The word "crucible" is defined as a difficult test or challenge; a place or situation that forces people to change or make difficult decisions. Throughout the novel The Crucible by Arthur Miller (intro element), characters emphasize that the novel title, in fact (interruptor), the title does fit very well, in particular the character of John Proctor. By changing himself according to what is happening to him in the novel, John Proctor clearly suggests that The Crucible is an…