The Loss Of Flaws In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Introduction A flaw is described as an imperfection or a fault in a person's character. Flaws are not always bad, but often personify and create an image for the world to see. Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible is a timeless work of art that explores themes in history that often repeat themselves. The play is about the “Salem Witch Trials” which took place in 1692. The main characters John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, and Abigail Williams are caught in a love triangle that set off a series of events not only for them, but their entire Puritan community. These three characters find themselves battling guilt, loss of morality, and a lack of genuine justice.Their reputations are important to their livelihood and their relationship with God. …show more content…
John Proctor John Proctor’s downfall is caused by his fatal flaw of adultery. The guilt, from his actions of cheating with Abigail Williams, linger and eventually lead to his destruction. John Proctor’s extramarital relationships created hatred and jealousy between Abigail and Elizabeth, Proctor’s wife. It was very difficult for John to forgive this shortcoming , possibly because it brought shame to his marriage. It wasn’t a private sin. Up to this moment, …show more content…
Throughout the play their inner beliefs were challenged. Each character's flaws plays an important part of how they failed the test. The Puritan belief is an extremist group that vilifies any outside entity that could adversely harm Christianity. Another form of a crucible is used to boil a substance to reveal the purist state of the minerals left. The bunsen burner which is normally the flame under the crucible is symbolic to the heat that John, Elizabeth, and Abigail feel when they are at their weakest state during the play. John can not cope with having his wife put in Jail. This final flame causes him to decide between lying about his beliefs to save his life or confess his mortal sins and save his wife. The metal left in his crucible leaves him with a pure soul. His wife Elizabeth is also proud that her husband has reverted back to his noble ways and dies for his beliefs. Abigail cannot handle the heat of being accused of witchcraft; therefore she attempts to frame many of her friends and Elizabeth, her one-time lovers wife.When her flame is extinguished from the crucible she is left to a world of prostitution. During the “Salem Witch Trials” people often times defended the wrong ideals to avoid being condemned by the remainder of

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