The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

1324 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
Helen Keller once said, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through (an) experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” In literary works, the crucible can represent a hard test in a time of a severe trial. The author of The Crucible, Arthur Miller, ingeniously chose the word as the title of his play because several characters, Abigail Williams, John Proctor, and Judge Danforth, experience very hard tests of character throughout the story. Even though many can argue every character goes through an extreme test, Abigail Williams, John Proctor, and Judge Danforth go through the most difficult tests of character during the play, which ends up proving who they really are as a person. To start off, Abigail Williams is the character whose decisions end up causing her to flee the town. The very first scene of the play involves Abigail dancing with a group of friends in the woods, an act that simply isn’t tolerated during this time period. “Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters. And that is all. And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you (Abigail Williams; 20).” During this quote, Abigail threatens her “friends” because Reverend Parris, Abigail’s uncle, confronted her, saying that he…

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