The Crucible By Arthur Miller: Character Analysis

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Arthur Miller, the author of The Crucible, created characters in the story that made their decisions based on their own self-interests, or for the good of the larger community. The Crucible is a story that represents how far someone will go to keep their good reputation. This book has many twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting to read more. We meet many characters that you’ll start to believe in, as in other characters you might want to see karma come their way. In this read you might ask yourself, “is my reputation worth spoiling for the good of the community?”. In The Crucible characters butt heads and challenge each other, some fight for their community while others will let it fall apart in order to …show more content…
He is a much different character than Reverend Parris, he is a well rounded respected man and is liked in the community. Proctor is not at all concerned with his reputation, maybe because he doesn’t have to worry about it because he is already respected, but either way it is not his top priority. Proctor has a wife named Elizabeth and three sons. He is a hard working farmer, but he does not give a lot of time for going to Church or practicing his religion. Throughout this play, Proctor is put to the test multiple times to decide whether or not he should keep his good name, or help his community. We find out that Proctor had an affair with his former house servant, Abigail Williams, and Proctor and his wife try hard to keep it quiet. While Elizabeth was getting questioned by Danforth about her husband 's affair, she says “Your Honor, I—in that time I were sick. And I—My husband is a good and righteous man. He is never drunk as some are, nor wastin’ his time at the shovelboard, but always at his work. But in my sickness—you see, sir, I were a long time sick after my last baby, and I thought I saw my husband somewhat turning from me. And this girl—” (pg 410)However in the end Proctor reveals his true heart and shows that the good of the community is more important than his own name. Proctor decides to confess about his lying, but he was actually telling the truth, and when …show more content…
Many characters were alike while others were polar opposites, and when these types of characters collided, it reeked havoc. This interesting story is based on true events, but Arthur wrote it in a nonfictional way so his readers could learn a life lesson or two. Characters such as Reverend Parris shows us how caring strongly in your reputation could tarnish the rest of your life. In other means, John Proctor shows us that if we think of others before ourselves, we will receive more of a long lasting

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