Essay on The Crucible By Arthur Miller

1407 Words Nov 2nd, 2014 6 Pages
Sixty-one years ago, a bright man named Arthur Miller published a play that depicted the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 (Duer et al 1086). Sixty-one years later, the themes established during the play are still applicable to life today. Throughout The Crucible, many themes are present that relate to life today such as that life requires a high degree of personal integrity, individuals have responsibility to each other and society, and governments should not violate personal liberty. A high degree of personal integrity is required throughout life and within The Crucible. Personal integrity is the ability to make a choice based on the honesty of the action. Arthur Miller displays personal integrity when he describes a questioning of witchcraft from Reverend John Hale by noting, “The women, however, turned into a mere pest under his searching scrutiny…” (1103). In other words, Miller is demonstrating Reverend Hale’s extreme necessity to find evidence in the witchcraft cases. Miller reveals that Hale’s motivation is evidence and discovering every minuscule detail (1103). Hale’s actions prove personal integrity is at use because he centers his decisions upon the truth. Hale looks for evidence in order to establish the facts needed to make an accusation. Overall, his actions are honest and truthful while trying to uncover evidence. Likewise, John Proctor’s actions are honest and truthful in Act III when he confesses to the court that he had an affair with Abigail (Miller 1146).…

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