Power, Guilt And Pride In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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This dramatic play that was created by Author Millers has been inspired throughout many. What play is it, one may ask? It deals with a heavy conscience, and a world of lies and bitter distaste for revenge, the play is The Crucible. The Crucible expressed many things seen in the real world today, in the sense that it includes revenge, hatred, the conscience, and most importantly sagacious actions taken by people. One of the most important points of view that the author tries to make, and what stands out the most is Power and pride. The author used power, judgment and pride to portray many characters including John Proctor.
First of all Proctor is a representation of power, guilt and pride. One reason that Proctor shows
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When John talks to Elizabeth he ends up getting angry at her. He uses his guilt to try to get it off of himself. “Spare me! You forget nothin’ and forgive nothin’… as though I come into a court when I come into this house!” (1106). This quote shows his inner guilt is taking over when he assumes that his wife is being harsh on him, when in reality his wife had forgiven him for his actions; however Elizabeth loses her trust with John Proctor. Later on the readers realize that he also tries to hide his guilt when he gets angry at his wife for wanting to go to court for confessing adultery. He quotes, “Fear Nothing. I’ll find Ezekiel Cheever. I’ll tell him that she said it were all sport” (1119). This quote shows how much guilt he contains when he doesn’t want to represent himself in front of a judge. He knows that his name means a lot and he won’t let his name go to waste. He also shows pride when he wants to join the court for stopping the girls in their tracks. “I-had not reckoned with goin’ into court. But if I must I will” (1123). He thinks that he will be able to protect his wife by sacrificing himself for his own name. In Act Two it clearly shows that power and pride take a huge role in a person’s …show more content…
John begins to doubt himself and he believes since he is evil then he should live because he is an evil person. “It is fraud. I am not a man. My honest is broke Elizabeth; I am no good man. Nothing’s spoiled by giving them this lie that were not rotten long before” (1162). He believes that he does not deserve to die like a saint because he did many unholy things. He also does not rat out his comrades when he talks to Danforth. “They think to go like saints. I like not to spoil their names” (1165). What he was stating is that he does not want to sink his comrade’s names further by saying things that are not true. He also knows that these people are pure because they did not confess to lies. He also proves that he can only judge himself more than he can with other people. “I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another. I have no tongue for it” (1165). In this quote it shows that Proctor believes that pride is an important thing. He will not harm other people so that he can live. This is important because it shows the final acts of how his pride got the best of Proctor. He died as a saint for the sake of his

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