Peer Pressure In The Crucible

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‘The Crucible’ is a play, written by Arthur Miller and takes place in Massachusetts in 1692. The play is about a little village which is called Salem and how the once peaceful village destroys itself because of the witch trials. There are lots of different characters who accuse each other of witchcraft or who want to protect the village. A very important part of the story is the relationship between a man named John Proctor and his wife, because he has an affair with another woman, called Abigail. At the end there is a destroyed village and many dead people.
In the play, one of the main themes that Miller is trying to get across to the audience is that it is important to stay loyal to yourself, never succumb to peer pressure, and most importantly; you should never lie to yourself. Reverend Parris is a static character; he thinks that he knows everything. He tries to influence Proctor to his favors. For example, he tries to make him sign the confession so he can nail it upon the church and more people will confess (Miller 993).
Reverend Hale is a dynamic
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For example, when the reader knows that Proctor tells the truth in the court about his affair with Abigail, but Elisabeth lies and says that she doesn’t know anything about it, because she doesn’t know that Proctor told the truth (973+974). Here you can see that Proctor would never lie to the court, just because he cannot. If he would lie to the court, it would feel like he would lie to himself and that’s what he never does.
You can also find verbal irony in the play. For example, Proctor is asked if he knows the Ten Commandments. He knows nine of the Commandments, but he doesn’t say “Thou shall go to church on Sabbath Day” (947). It’s verbal irony because he doesn’t go to church on Sabbath Day. He doesn’t do that because he doesn’t like Reverend Parris. That’s his way to protest. He stays in his beliefs; he just goes to church again if Parris isn’t there any

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