Overview Of The Crucible Essay

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The Crucible was a rather strong book, it had battles both internal and external, there were also betrayals and vendettas… but a few stuck strong to their morals of what was wrong, and what was right. After the girl’s acts were, undoubtedly, in the eyes of the law, seen as entirely real, people who would not otherwise have been accused of witchcraft were now eligible to be under Satan’s spell. One John Proctor, saw himself above the nonsense, that witches could not exist in Salem, his wife, his children nor him; But, when Mary Warren said to the court that he used his spirit to drag her into court to testify against the girls, the judges deemed her word more truthful than his. After actively and repeatedly denying the claims, he was sentenced to death, for only a witch could lie in the face of god.
“Danforth:... You will sign your name or it is no confession, Mister! His breast heaving with agonized breathing, Proctor now lays down the paper and signs his name… Proctor has just finished signing when Danforth reaches for the paper. But Proctor snatches it up...His breast heaving, his eyes staring, Proctor tears the paper and crumbles it, and he is weeping in fury, but erect.” Not once in his time from that moment in the court, or jail, or at Gallows Hill did he confess to witchcraft, despite Reverend Hale’s attempts to persuade him otherwise. Proctor stood against the court, the girls, and some of the townsfolk, and although he was in the right, and his claims were accurate, the judges, men of god, the bible, and all things holy heed not the phrase “...let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” The judges in the eyes of John Proctor, and all the others wrongly accused, were abusing their power and by sentencing people without ample evidence to support their claims, completely ignoring the ninth commandment “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” or in other words, don't lie or accuse someone of something they did not do. For these reasons i think John Proctor, as a part of the novel pertains to the quote “The strongest man in the world, is he who stands most alone.”
Back at the beginning when little Betty does not wake for fear of her life, Reverend Parris seems to be perturbed by her allusions to illness. In reality the only Perturbation inside Parris is for that of his reputation. Through out the entire book, no matter where you see Parris’ name, nor what chapter, or what he actually says, there is always a selfish, and loathing stance behind it. Throughout the introduction of the characters, Reverend Parris, Tituba, Abigail, Betty and the other girls,...

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