The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

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Arthur Miller 's play the crucible was written in 1953. The play follows the events of the Salem witch trials, which occurred between 1692 and 1693. Throughout the play the reader is introduced to a great deal characters, which has sparked debate on who the main character actually is. Some would say that John Proctor and Abigail Williams drive the plot, but in actuality the story revolves around Elizabeth Proctor. Although she is not seen until the second act, Elizabeth Proctor has a distinct influence on the outcome of the play. Elizabeth becomes the lead figure because other people take action because of her, her goodness of character helps develop other characters throughout the play, and her specific actions created a direct affect on the remainder of the story. Without personally taking action Elizabeth Proctor is still able influence the actions of the other characters. Before Elizabeth was ever introduced the reader could infer that she was vital to the conflict within the play. Within the first act the girls accuse Abigail of drinking blood in the woods in order to kill Elizabeth Proctor. Furthermore, at the end of the act one could infer that Abigail is going to use her power to formulate the witch trials and get rid of Elizabeth Proctor, which does happen at the end of act two. Because of this, it is easy to see that Elizabeth plays a central role in the plot. Without Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail would not have the motivation to start the witch trials and none of…

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