The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

1180 Words Oct 29th, 2015 5 Pages
“The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.” Margaret Smith, an American politician, relates to what people had to go through on a daily basis during the Salem witch trials.
In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, characters are confronted with a decision to stand for what is right or discredit others for their own good. In the beginning of the story, girls are accused for the use of witchcraft. This leads them to blame the accusation on others creating a chain reaction. This chain reaction causes the entire community to blame each other for their own safety. Innocent lives are taken by this mass hysteria. These extreme tests include life or death consequences in which either way will create a great adversity. Firstly, John Proctor is faced with a decision to admit to actions of witchcraft or not. Secondly, Elizabeth Proctor must decide whether or not to tell the truth about the affairs containing John and Abigail. Lastly, Justice Danforth will have to analyze his morals and choose if he should come clean to falsely accusing twelve people of witchcraft. In summarization, John, Elizabeth, and Danforth are all faced with a test to do what is right or to do what will benefit them or someone else; in the end, only John passes the test. To start, John Proctor must decide to ruin his name for eternity or be hanged. John Proctor, at first, decides to confess to witchcraft, thinking it will not be a big…

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