Examples Of Dishonesty In The Crucible

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When a mother’s child is insulted, her love for her kid becomes apparent as she slowly morphs into an enormous, hairy, sharp toothed, mama bear. She has become defensive over her child, and is ready to attack at any moment. Arthur Miller, author of the play, The Crucible gives the character, John Proctor the same aura as a mama bear, or for his sake, a masculine manly bear. Proctors’ integrity, dishonesty, defensiveness and hot temper helps to build Miller’s storyline. The argument Miller presents is even if you make mistakes today, there is always room for change tomorrow and Proctors four traits elaborate on this theme. John Proctor is a unique character because of the integrity he displays towards the end of The Crucible. Proctor refuses …show more content…
In Order to succeed you must fail first, and this is the path Miller sets Proctor on. Proctor is a father, husband, and a working man who is passionate about all he does. Due to his dishonesty, Procot is forced any hardships that may come from it. This is most widely seen in the beginning of The Crucible. Proctor had committed a sin by cheating on his wife with a young girl, Abigail. By saying to Abigail, “. . . I’ll not be comin’ for you more” () he is making a promise to himself and to his wife not to be with the young girl again in a provocative way. In doing this, he is overcoming his failures (adultery) by changing his ways (proclaiming faithfulness to his wife). Now he must face the challenges that come with being …show more content…
If there is ever a time negative words are spoken about him or his family, he will become defensive by putting his foot down and standing up for his name. In The Crucible, Proctor needs the honesty of his wife to help put Abigail's act to rest. Proctor claims that Elizabeth, “In her life . . . has never lied” (). He has fallen to Elizabeth's honesty to claim Abigail guilty of crime. The way Proctor is defensive and passionate over his wife's truthfulness is what convinces Danforth to listen to what she has to say. Miller has once again been able to construct the challenges Proctor has been put through and make good out of it due to his defensiveness and possibly even his hot

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