The Crucible Rebecca Nurse Character Analysis

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The Crucibles The crucibles is like desperation, lies, and hopelessness. Arthur Miller uses Rebecca Nurse to shows us that she is the clear martyr in the play, the most pure and saintly character hanged for witchery. Rebecca Nurse in the Crucibles uses integrity has always been scarce in society. In today’s world and as shown in The Crucible, honesty is unappreciated and the truthful are punished. While this brings fear to all of Salem, one character stands by her beliefs until the death. She refuses to stoop down to the level of liars, backstabbers, and thieves in a time of uncertainty and corruption. Rebecca Nurse is an honest woman motivated by her faith in Christ. Rebecca was an esteemed member of the community. The general opinion of her character was so…show more content…
After Governor Danforth asked Rebecca if she would confess herself to witchcraft, she replied, “Why it is a lie, it is a lie; how may I damn myself? I cannot, I cannot.” (140) Her honesty sends her to certain death, but also to the kingdom of Heaven. Rebecca sees that life on Earth is temporary, while life after death is never ending. When she says, “Let you fear nothing! Another judgment waits us all!” (144) it is clear that she is confident, that she is making the right decision by telling the truth. Rebecca, a role model in the town of Salem, provides an example of strong beliefs for all who see her. When John Proctor confesses to witchcraft, he is ashamed because Rebecca is watching him lie and feels convicted by her presence. Rebecca could be interpreted as a metaphor for Christ. Her response to the unjust accusation of witchcraft was similar to Christ’s reaction to his accusers - humbly and without defense. Rebecca’s death can be compared to a lamb lead to a slaughter, which is a direct reference to Christ, because she died so willingly in the face of great
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