Vengeance And Dishonesty In The Crucible, By Arthur Miller

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Each character has a certain failing that they represent in The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, more than anyone else. For Thomas Putnam his failing is how he would do anything to get vengeance on Francis Nurse. John Proctor failing is dishonesty to protect which undoubtedly cause his own down fall. Reverend Parris whose materialistic ways for money will end up with him having nothing. Putnam’s vengeance, Proctor’s dishonesty to protect, and Parris’ materialism all show a failing that will have consequences for someone in Salem.
In The Crucible vengeance is shown through Thomas Putnam because he is a wealthy land owning man high in the social class. Putnam did not like that Francis Nurse was ...view middle of the document...

When witchcraft is first mentioned in Salem Parris is the first one to deny any supernatural causes behind his daughter’s sickness. “ ” That he cares more about his own position in Salem as minister than the well being of his daughter. If his daughter is believed to have done witchcraft he will be blamed for the not stopping it and be overthrown. Another example of Parris being materialistic is when “Thirty-one pound is gone. I am penniless” (act 4 page 126). Parris did not take the position of minister in Salem so he could help the people in Salem with their religion, but as a way to gain money. Parris starts to cry because Abigail stole all of his money and ran away. If he was not so materialistic Abigail would not have stolen all his money because she would not know if he kept a lot of money or not. Ultimately his materialistic ways has amounted to him having nothing.
Arthur Miller chooses to show dishonesty to protect through John Proctor because he will lie to protect his pride and to help his wife. “Quote” When John lies to his wife Elizabeth about how Abigail had told him...

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