Breaking The Mold In The Crucible

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Its human nature to break out of the mold that has been set by society and others around us, and for the residents of the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts, this was seen in various circumstances and in different ways. As one young girl, the antagonist, broke the mold, the Puritan community was thrown into turmoil. The events to follow the spark she lit would lead to the blinded killing of innocent people. The events in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible show firsthand the way the actions out of the ordinary can affect others and the future history of generations to come. How could a young girl, a respectable man, and a slave break out of the mold and show their true selves? In The Crucible it illustrates each person and the way that they impacted …show more content…
Abigail is just a young girl and yet she thinks of herself as more than a girl, “I cannot bear lewd looks no more, John. My spirit’s changed entirely” (Miller 149). This example shows how Abigail isn’t looking for the adoring looks from boys but she thinks that she is more mature and deserving of more. “[John]: Child—[Abigail], with a flash of anger: How do you call me child!” (23). In this example it is shown how Abigail thinks that her actions made her older and deserve more respect and treatment then what she is getting. Although she is still a young girl who is supposed to obey the elders in the community and be seen not heard she does the exact opposite. This is also breaking the mold because girls weren’t supposed to know what love was; let alone feel that they were above the male gender in any way. After her affair with John Proctor, Abigail, is sure the John loves her and this desire to become his wife and to win his love drives her to the extreme, going against all the Puritan beliefs and the norms of the society. “John—I am waitin’ for you every night” (22). Her affair with John is one of the biggest sins that she could commit in the Puritan beliefs and yet she continues to act upon the feelings that she has built for John and what she thought they had. Abigail goes …show more content…
John’s affair with Abigail set the stage for what would fuel the ideas for her actions. At this point in the play he realizes his mistake, “Abby, you’ll put it out of mind. I’ll not be comin’ for you more” (22). Proctor broke the mold by not following the Puritan beliefs in staying true to his marriage; by doing this he broke out of the mold placed by his religion and the society. Later in the play John has to decide whether he will suffer the consequences of telling his sin, or of not telling his sin and living with his wife that wouldn’t forgive him. In this play the people who confessed their sins would be free of punishment but would have to sign the poster hung in the town stating who had done what. If he chose to not confess he knew that his wife, Elizabeth, would never forgive him and Abigail would continue to do what she was doing to get John to be her husband, “You are this moment singing secret hallelujahs that your wife will hand!” (152). Once John realizes the plan that Abigail has he knows that he has to confess his sins in order to expose Abigail—even if it means an unwanted consequence for him. With both John and Abigail breaking the mold it seems only reasonable that their actions soon to affect others and cause them to break the mold as

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