The Crucible Essay

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5. The plot of The Crucible consists of many battles between many opposites. In an essay, identify one such opposite and explain why Arthur Miller included it. When reading and watching The Crucible, feelings of deep abomination developed towards one single character. The character that was selfish enough to take people’s lives for her desires; the character that ruined that “perfect little ending” not only for others, but for herself as well. On the other hand, feelings of awe developed when coming across the innocent individual that exhorted many admirable virtues. The great foil that was unfolded between these two characters was evidently shown through actions, speech, and background details and helped to distinctively separate the two contrasting feelings that were developed towards both characters. The Crucible is filled with an ongoing battle between the forces of good and evil and how they pertain to two very drastically different characters, Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams. In the analysis of characters and how they complement one another, Elizabeth Proctor happened to be the innocent little farmer’s wife.. She was on an emotional roller coaster throughout the entire play because she was still in the process of healing. She questioned her husband, John, quite often but still did not fully trust him. When the scandals began in their town and Elizabeth was accused, she knew right away what her enemy was up to. She concluded, “She’d dare not call out such a farmer’s wife but there be monstrous profit in it. She thinks to take my place, John.” (Miller, II, 1274) This quote shows that she obviously still cared for her husband and was not fond of somebody attempting to steal him away from her again. Being the Christian woman that she was though, she handled the situation accordingly. But it did upset her when others questioned her knowledge of the

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