Sacrificial Nature Of Integrity In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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Sacrificial Nature of Integrity in The Crucible
People in this world make sacrifices for people they love as others make that sacrifice for a worthy cause. Sacrifice comes in many different forms such as time, money, and life. Each person experiences some type of sacrifice; some sacrifice for the good of their neighbors or their own integrity. This sacrifice comes in many forms depending on the lengths to which a person believes in their cause. Something must be given up in place of what they hold worthy of preserving. The Crucible expresses this idea of sacrifice for the individual’s moral compass. In his play, The Crucible, Arthur Miller explores the sacrificial nature of integrity through the characters John Proctor, Giles Corey, and
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John Proctor, though he made past mistakes, re-builds his integrity in the sacrifice of his life. After having an affair with Abigail, chaos in the community breaks out and he must find his values. His relationship with his wife is described as “wintry” (Act II), and he is having trouble forgiving himself for his sin. He redeems himself in the act of refusing to betray his integrity through some of his last words. “Leave me my name!” (Act IV) is exclaimed by Proctor in his last testimony as he would rather give his life than sacrifice his name. Miller uses Proctor to show the dignity of one person being a driving force to keep respect for their name. Proctor feels that if he can keep some respect for his name, he does not fail his own integrity. Throughout the course of the play, John Proctor works to strengthen his integrity in his interactions with Abigail. She attempts to seduce him, but he …show more content…
He does not reveal the identity of those who signed a paper which was made in response to the actions of the court. This rebellious act against the jury showed the integrity of Giles Corey because he, unlike many others in Salem, is not afraid to face the court. He would not betray his promise to his peers after he had promised them no trouble, even in the face of death because “He would not answer aye or nay to his predicament” (Act IV). He gave his life for his practice of loyalty because of his integrity. Giles Corey is killed with weight of stones because of an aspect of truth in his integrity “. . . Miller intimately connects the word "weight" to the theme of the play, tracing the repetition of "weight" in The Crucible reveals how the word supports one of the play 's crucial themes: how an individual 's struggle for truth often conflicts with society” (Marino). This proves how an aspect of integrity is carried out through the story of The Crucible as Giles desire for truth conflicts with what the court desires to know. This demonstration of integrity by Giles Corey shows his willingness to sacrifice everything to protect his values. Yet, Miller continues to emphasize the importance of integrity in other supporting

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