The Foil Character In The Cjucible In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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In The Crucible, Giles Corey acts as the foil character to John Proctor, showing courage and bravery where John was often a coward. Miller establishes that a person doesn’t need to be well known for their strong morals to have them and to be brave in using them. If they are known widely to be morally strong, they are still able to have moral flaws hidden by cowardice. Giles Corey is a man who is introduced first in the asides that Miller provides for the play. We learn that Corey is in his eighties, gets blamed for everything, and doesn’t care about public opinion. This does not paint a picture of a very bright man, but he is clearly passionate about things - land, his wife, and his name. He is often seen fighting about his land, he openly …show more content…
This can be seen with Giles Corey, who has been established as a flat and minor character with a defining trait of courage. This contrasts on the protagonist of The Crucible, John Proctor, who has cowardly moments. Corey’s incessant bravery heightens Proctor’s difficulty to be fearless and strong when he needs to be, and also heightens when he clearly is courageous, such as standing up to Judge Danforth and when he tears up the paper in agreement to be …show more content…
When compared to Corey, his actions can seem to fall short, and are for preservation of himself or only for his wife. When thinking about why this seems so unconventional, we must take into account our immediate stereotypes when we find out information about the characters. The immediate dismissal as Corey as an old “foolish” man and our acceptance of Proctor as a respected man causes us to overlook the fact that Corey’s character has actually been created to be far more courageous and bold than Proctor. Corey’s morals are present and obvious if he isn’t passed by as a simple supporting character. Proctor reflects and contrasts Corey in all of the right places, making him seem like a strong yet flawed hero - exactly who is needed to fuel the plot of The

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