Crucible Essay

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Brielle Vivino Mrs. Coleman Period 1 18 December 2013 The Crucible Essay The word “crucible” means a severe test. Throughout the play The Crucible there are many characters that are tested whether it is a test of their loyalty to their partners, a test of their commitment to the church or a test of their commitment to themselves. The first character that was tested in the play The Crucible was John Proctor. Another character what was tested throughout the play was Mary Warren. The first time John Proctor was tested in the play was when Abigail tried to get John to have another affair with her, but John stays true and loyal to his wife, Elizabeth. This is an example of Abigail testing John’s loyalty to his partner. This is shown when the play shows John speaking to Abigail. He says; “Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby.” From this quote it is showing john never wanting to do anything with Abigail again and he wants her to forget anything ever happened between them because he loves his wife and is guilty for the sin he committed. The second time John was tested in the play was when he confessed to having an affair with Abigail to prove that she was not as innocent as she seemed to be. This is an example of John testing his own feelings for the better of the community. He knew that if she confessed he was going to jail or die, but he did it anyway because he knew it was the right thing to do. The last time john was tested in the play was when he confessed to witchcraft. This is a test of his own character/fate. John realizes that by confessing, he has an opportunity to start over in his marriage and remain as a father figure to his sons. Danforth states that if he confesses he would be able to live, so john confesses, but then Danforth asks

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