Courage And Courage In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the author uses the main character John Proctor to portray courage in times of adversity while others cower. Miller uses Proctor's character shows that standing for what you believe in is the right thing to do, even if personal sacrifices have to be made. With all the different trials that the characters have to overcome with many of the towns people in jail and the trial of Salem, Miller shows how to be courageous during hard times and how there will always be people that will cower.

John proctor shows great courage in the play when he sacrifices his life and reputation for the one he loves. In Act 3, Scene 3 the townspeople are in the courtroom to determine what will happen to the ones accused, While Proctors trying to convince the people that his wife is a good woman and she does not lie, he has Mary Warren to back him, but that backfires when all the girls turn against Mary, saying she was the cause of the witchcraft in the court, Proctor being
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But with evidence it shows that Miller uses John Proctor to clearly show courage and bravery the most. In Miller's own words he said “Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets (Miller) ”. In that he’s explaining himself saying if you are going to do something that you will regret it better be the right thing to do. Proctor gives up his name to try and save his wife and because of that he will be judged, but he did it for the right reason and if he did regret it, it’s the right thing to regret. Some could say that Mary Warren shows the most courage when she stands up to the girls in the courtroom admitting they were lying but that's not the case because even though she showed some courage she turns against Proctor because she was afraid to hang. So you can conclude that Proctor shows much more courage even if it has personal

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