Essay Arthur Miller 's The Crucible

1158 Words Sep 27th, 2015 5 Pages
Out of the many characters, both in Katherine Howe’s Conversion and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, two stand firm in their convictions, doubting what is the supposed truth. John Proctor and Colleen Rowley keep their stance on their beliefs until own self-doubt creeps up, stemming from personal connections to the controversy. But in Conversion, the character Ann Putnam is not doubting the witchcraft in Salem, but perpetuating the rumor, and is one of the main accusers. Reputation and how others view reputation is also a deciding factor in the comparison between the three. While the witchcraft in The Crucible and the Interlude in Conversion are fake, conversion disorder is real in Conversion. The situations in both Salem and at St. Joan’s are caused by panic and mass hysteria. Numerous characters in both novels, male and female, are similar in how they react in the controversy, either doubting or believing, and how their reputation is viewed and questioned through challenges and social pressures. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, John Proctor is a well-respected man in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. Outspoken and a honorable man, he has a good “name”. When the girls, led by Abigail Williams, start crying witch he is skeptical. Giles Corey even says “He don’t believe in witches” (Miller 37). John eventually concludes the girls are faking and discusses whether he should tell the courts about it with his wife. When his wife is accused by Abigail, he convinces his servant Mary…

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