John Proctor Sacrifice In The Crucible

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Willie Zhang 2 English Honors 10 Ms. Lin Essay The Crucible In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, the chronicles of John Proctor’s death was strikingly similar with Jesus Christ’s crucifixion as they both were betrayed, died for the sake of saving others, and experienced internal conflict prior to their deaths. Under the incentives of personal interest, Mary Warren turned against John Proctor and condemned him of witchcraft. Similarly, Judas, one of Jesus’s twelve disciples, sold Jesus out for a mere thirty silver coins. Their denunciations resulted in the heroic sacrifices of both Proctor and Christ in which in turn saved a multitude of people. Moreover, Proctor’s experience with extreme internal…show more content…
Towards the end of the play, Proctor wrestles with his conscience over whether or not he should lie to save himself. Out of pure desperation and fear, he cries to God in agony, “God in Heaven, what is John Proctor, what is John Proctor? He moves as an animal and a fury is riding in him, a tantalized search” (138). Here, Miller directly describes John Proctor’s movements as “animal-like” to portray his devastation. By “animal”-like, Miller implies that Proctor is degraded into a soul-less animal or just a chunk of flesh that is in no way aware of the existence of God. The sense of desperation and a nearly insane undertone is obvious in this statement; thereby emphasizing the state of desolation Proctor is in. Likewise, Jesus cried out on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” (NIV Bible, Matthew. 27. 46.)? The Son of God experienced an agonizing internal conflict of impurity within his pure, sinless spirit. Every sin in the world weighed Jesus down at that moment. On the verge of death, both Jesus Christ and John Proctor weathered excruciating internal
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