Honor and Integrity in “the Crucible” Essay

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Honor and Integrity in “The Crucible” Honor and integrity can be defined in many ways. They can be defined by how a person holds them in the public eye. Other people define them by how they live their lives as no one can see their actions. However many ways to define honor and integrity, they will still influence and play a major role in one person in a given situation. In the play, “The Crucible”, the author, Arthur Miller shows that a certain situation can affect the honor and integrity of an individual. Many of the characters in the play choose to hurt other people just to get what they wanted. These characters stoop low just to soothe themselves. However, there are also those characters that stand up and choose to fight for their honor and integrity. In a society, there are still people who have some degree of honor in their lives like Rebecca Nurse, John Proctor and Giles Corey, the characters in The Crucible that illustrate honor and integrity through a painful situation. People can show their integrity by serving and being faithful to God. Rebecca Nurse for example, illustrates her integrity through believing in God’s will. She believes that another greater judgement is waiting for everyone in heaven. In the beginning of the play, she can see that the girls are just playing about their sickness. As she sits in the room of Ruth Putnam with the other adults, she observes and says, “I think she’ll wake when she tires of it. A child’s spirit is like a child. You can never catch it by running after it; you must stand still and, for love, it will soon itself come back”. She did not believe that the devil is controlling the sickness of the girls and thinks that a prayer is the answer to solve the problem. When she was arrested, Danforth pleads Rebecca to confess. However, she honorably reply, “Why, it is a lie; how may I damn myself?” Rebecca Nurse rather

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