Critical Lens Essay

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“I like flawed character’s because somewhere in them I see more of the truth” Nicolas Cage’s statement suggests that imperfect characters who have weaknesses help us understand the true honesty in them. This is true because characters who remind us of real people and actions have weaknesses just like us. Through the works of literature of The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, and Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, it becomes easier for one to see the truth and suffering that one flawed character deals with rather than in a perfect character where everything is sunnier. The Crucible by Arthur Miller shows us the truth in a flawed character named John Proctor. John Proctor is an imperfect character who commits adultery. His actions that go on through a series of events show us the truth in him. He goes to court to defend his wife, Elizabeth. Admitting to adultery and risking his good name gave him traits of a realistic character. Through his flawed character we can observe that this man died telling the truth. His actions concluded that he had to find peace within himself. A theme that we see in The Crucible is adultery. John Proctor committing adultery is an important part of this play. Because of John Proctor’s flaws we see a realistic person in him. His weakness was that he lusted for Abigail Williams. He made a human mistake which makes him an imperfect person. A ironic part of this play was when John Proctor confessed to adultery, he says his wife was aware of it. He also mentioned that Elizabeth would never tell a lie. The irony in this was when Elizabeth was questioned by the judge, and she told a lie to save her husband’s good name. This is ironic because it is unexpected that a good person like Elizabeth would become flawed. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare shows us a flawed character in Romeo, a Montague. Romeo

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