The Crucible Theme Essay

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The crucible by Arthur miller was written in 1953 about the Salem witch trials that occurred in 1692 through 1693. In the book Abigail, one of the main characters accuses some of the women and men of witchcraft because John Proctor does not love her and she wants to be his wife. John, however, realizes this and tries to get the court to stop executing the people of Salem. In the end, he ends up getting accused of working for the devil and is hanged at the end of the book for standing up for his friends and family and his faith in God. In the crucible by Arthur miller, one of the main themes that are implied through the text is standing up for what you believe is right. Some of the characters including John Proctor do this in this story.
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PROCTOR, as though a secret arrow had pained his heart: Aye. Trying to grin it away—to HALE: you see, sir, between the two of us we do know them all, HALE only looks at PROCTOR, deep in his attempt to define this man, PROCTOR grows more uneasy. I think it be a small fault. HALE: theology, sir, is a fortress; no crack in a fortress may be accounted small, He rises; he seems worried now. He paces a little, in deep thought. PROCTOR: There be no love for Satan in this house, Mister. (1211)
In this quote, Proctor stands up for his family and his love of God. Which is shown through what Proctor says about there being no love for Satan at his house? (1211) When proctor is in jail and almost decides to confess he ends up not instead he stands up for his friends by say: PROCTOR, almost inaudibly: No
DANFORTH, now sensing trouble, glances at JOHN and goes to the table, and picks up a sheet the list of condemned. DANFORTH: Did you ever see her sister, Mary Easty, with the devil?
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PROCTOR: I did not.
DANFORTH, realizing, slowly putting the sheet down: Did you ever see anyone with the Devil?
PROCTOR: I did not. (1253)
The questions that Danforth asked him was to give him the name of those that were with the devil. Danforth saw this as a way to get even and help t=his friend by protecting them by telling Danforth he did not see any of them with the devil. The death is the last and final stance of proctor: ELIZABETH, supporting herself against collapse, grips the bars of the window, and with a cry: He has his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him! The final drumroll crashes then heighten violently. HALE weeps in frantic prayer and the new sun is pouring in upon her face, and the drums rattle like bones in the morning air. (1256)
John dying is the last stance because he did not give in to the court or Abigail’s foolish lies. Even though he died in the book him dying shows that he was will and would be willing again to die for what he believes in. In the Crucible, there are some other that stand up like Giles, Mary, and Hale. Even though it is near the end they still change their minds and do what they believe. Mary is a great example of this she in the beginning of the book is one of the girls that says that this person is or isn’t a witch but in the end, she claims to Danforth