The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

1867 Words Nov 4th, 2015 8 Pages
According to J. F. Clarke, "The bravest of individuals is the one who obeys his or her conscience". Conscience makes one more sensitive when regarding fairness or justice; it helps a person tell right from wrong. It is so common for people to simply go along with the crowd, blend in, and just do whatever other people are doing. In this quote, J. F. Clarke is saying that it’s brave for people to stand out and do what they believe is right. It can be outright terrifying for a person to be themselves and follow what their conscience tells them to do, but in the end it is a courageous act that can achieve a great deal of good. The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, is an allegory for McCarthyism. Nobody in the media wanted to stand up to senator McCarthy, and Arthur Miller decided it was imperative for people to hear what was going on, and how it had in many ways already happened in our country years before. Arthur Miller obeyed his conscience and went against the flow of public opinion by writing this book. Many of the characters in this play have very clear morals. It is obvious to the reader what kind of character this is based on their actions and choices. Characters like Reverend Hale, John Proctor, and even Arthur Miller himself, both fit into this definition of bravery. Although it may not show itself right away, good will always come from following your conscience.
John Proctor is the protagonist of this play. He has his own opinions and ideas that he believes strongly…

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