Theme Of Alienation In The Crucible

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Belonging- A change in a person’s values can precipitate a decision to repudiate the values of the group to which they belong. This repudiation can lead to the person’s alienation from this group. This is explicitly shown in Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ and the film ‘A Walk To Remember,’ where the protagonists undergo certain obstacles and challenges throughout their journey eventuating in their reprobation of their group. In Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible,’ John Proctor’s decision to have an affair with Abigail Williams alienated him from his wife and family, resulting in him becoming a stranger in his own home. Initially, Proctor’s affair was continuing to have a negative influence on his relationship with Elizabeth. Proctor doesn’t…show more content…
In Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible,’ the most obvious victim of alienation is John Proctor as he is the protagonist. Throughout the play, Proctor develops opinionated views challenging the law making and abiding citizens of Salem, concerning the community members accused of witchcraft. Proctor is alienated as he is seen as a threat to the court and church because of his difference in opinion and his disbelief in the jury. This is particularly shown in Parris’ line, “They’ve come to overthrow the court, sir!” This is significant because it portrays Proctor as the minority as ‘they’ is contrasted to ‘the court.’ Reverend Hale is also alienated as a result of his decision to change sides and end his association and support for the court. In effect, Hale’s decision has a large impact on society and the audience because he was seen as a well respected character and formerly belonged which reinforces the notion that often an individual is willing to sacrifice their belonging to a group for their morals and integrity paralleling Proctor’s sacrifice of his life. Hale’s decision comes as a result of his varied opinion, which challenges that of the court, hence resulting in his alienation from the Salem community, particularly the court. “This girl has always struck me false” is a brave comment as Abigail could turn on him at anytime, dew to his newfound opinions which are consequently diverse to his community. Hence, Proctor and Reverend Hale are clear examples of individuals being alienated for being different and individual to their
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