The Internal Struggle In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Having the feeling of being triumphant or dominant can possess a feeling of power in someone or something. Being triumphant comes with the internal struggles of decisions over wrongdoing or committing to a crime that never took place to clear up a name. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, John Proctor shows he is triumphant by facing his internal struggles in many ways. Proctor first confesses to cheating with Abigail and proves that she is a liar, he follows his beliefs by listening to his own actions and thoughts and refuses to commit Witchcraft and how John refuses to let the people of Salem hang his name on the doors for the townspeople to see.
John faces multiple struggles throughout the play and one of the most important internal struggles
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Towards the end of the play, John does admit to Danforth that he performed Witchcraft thinking that there is no need to announce it to the people of Salem. “I have three children—how may I teach them to walk like men in the world, and I sold my friends?” (Miller 66). John makes it clear that he has kids that follow his ways and his teachings and by coming out with one of his internal struggles, such as lying about performing Witchcraft, will not only create another sin but will also effect his children who look up to him. Danforth asks for John to sign his name for the townspeople to see as proof that John Proctor admitted to his crime of Witchcraft. John, feels as if he has already admitted to the worst sin of all and begs to keep the tradition and purity of his name alive, leaving the only thing he has that can be left in a good manner. “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” (Miller 143). John Proctor admits to Danforth that he doesn’t want anything else to ruin him in the last seconds of his life and that he already committed to one of the most shameful sins and enough is to be said about him. He realizes that if he does admit to another lie just to save his life, the entire town of Salem will be seeing another lie by John Proctor, the man of “good deeds”. John knows that coming out with his internal fear of lying and humiliating his name will not only destroy the little good that is left in him, but will also suffer his life with another haunting life. John knows that by ultimately choosing to be triumphant, he has to tear the paper in order to face his internal struggle versus telling another unfaithful

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