What Is The Archetypes In The Crucible

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Mary Warren in The Crucible was one of the most complex characters in the book. She was easily influenced by Abigail Williams and the other girls in the novel. Yet, she was the only one who was present controversial dance and did not dance. Mary was undeniably naive and lonely, which allows her to be easily manipulated. Although she tried to repent for her sins, May ultimately succumbed to the peer pressure. She was embodied by three archetypes that specifically represent her character alone. Throughout The Crucible, Mary showed traits that indicate that she was the orphan, the penitent, and the saboteur. The orphan archetype desires to connect with others and fears being shunned in a crowd. The orphan’s one prominent weakness is that they …show more content…
They sometimes do not to mean to cause things to fail, but they do nethertheless. The saboteur begins a uncertain path in life and rather than see it through, they destroy it because they are afraid of the outcome. In The Crucible, Mary Warren is the underlying saboteur. She decided to break free from the lie of witchcraft, but found it very hard to convince people of her deceit. Mary tried to follow the righteous path, but her past grievances had caught up to her. Her fear of the girls turning on her became a reality when Abigail said, “A wind, a cold wind, has come. Mary, do you send this shadow on me? (Pg.1096)” With Mary trying to set things right, she had consequently become public enemy number one to the girls. Abigail continued to frame Mary for witchcraft when she said, “Oh Mary, this is a black art to change your shape (Pg. 1100)”. Mary was forced to choose between saving the innocent or saving herself. She made her choice when Procter reached for her and she said, “Don’t touch me-don’t touch me... You’re the Devil’s man (Pg.1102)”. With the utterance of those words, Mary had succeeded in looking after her well being while abandoning all the accused. She tried to repent for her sins, however her desire to save herself won out in the end. Mary started to head toward a new path in life, yet she could not deal with the consequences of her decision. She successfully sabotaged John Procter’s only chance of saving the

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