Essay on Arthur Miller 's The Crucible

1075 Words Oct 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Death is almost always perceived in such a pessimistic manner because some people believe life has much more opportunity to be content. This type of belief is shown in The Crucible through Reverent Hale’s eyes when he desperately attempts to convince Elizabeth Proctor to tell her husband to choose life over a death sentence of lechery, stating that “life is God’s most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it” (Miller 122). While this statement may be true when talking about a person living in a more accepting society, the characters in The Crucible unfortunately live in a society where people mostly care about their devotion to God, and in the meantime, live off their neighbors’ drama just to criticize their mistakes. Therefore, through Arthur Miller’s emotional diction, it is justifiable to suggest that John Proctor made the right decision to die instead of live because if Proctor had decided to live, he would not be taking his life as a gift, but wasting his life due to the shame he would bring not only himself, but also his friends and family. This additionally causes the reader to believe that death may be the most precious gift a person can have. In the beginning of the play, John Proctor is introduced to the audience as a married man who commits lechery with a seventeen-year-old girl named Abigail Williams, and right away, Proctor is described as “a sinner, a sinner not only against the moral fashion of time, but against his own…

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