Theme Of Pride In The Crucible

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The Crucible Essay Excessive pride is a feeling of self-respect and personal worth and excessive means beyond normal limits. The theme of pride in the Crucible is pride for one’s family, their name and the future for their children. They do anything to protect their name for the sake of their children. The Crucible is set against the backdrop of the mad witch hunts of the Salem witch trials in the late 17th century. It is about a town, after accusations from a few girls, which begins a mad hunt for witches that did not exist. Many townspeople were hung on charges of witchcraft. Miller brings out the absurdity of the incident with the theme of truth and righteousness. The theme is conveyed through the struggles of Miller’s main character, John Proctor. The main characters are Reverend Hale, John Proctor, and Elizabeth Proctor. Reverend Hale was in his mid 40s with a 10 year old daughter named Betty and a niece Abigail. His function in the play is to bring out the hatred and frenzy in the townspeople and he does not have many real friends in the village. His pride is that he wants all innocent people to be free and never to execute an innocent man. On page 99 he says “I dare not take a life without there be a proof so immaculate no slightest qualm of conscience may doubt it.” This a good example…show more content…
He also wouldn't name any people who he thought were "witches" because he didn't want innocent people to die. I would say that John Proctor’s final act was definitely one of excessive pride. To lose your life in exchange for remaining all of the goodness in your name is a step too far. The title of the play “The crucible" relates to the theme of the play because many, many people had to take the severe test of the courts, their lives were hanging on a thread, and many of these threads

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