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The Crucible: Characters and Their Emotions

Uploaded by ITZNikki530 on Feb 10, 2002

The Crucible reveals that people's private emotions and desires often have consequences far beyond their own lives. Three characters that share that quality and who contributed greatly to the outbreak of hysteria in Salem are John Proctor, Abigail Williams, and Elizabeth Proctor. All these characters, in one way or another brought eminence suspicion and/or emotional relief into the town of Salem.

Proctor had to deal with both sides of Salem's controversy. In most eyes Proctor was a good man, but some of the things he'd done and said leave a few with different opinions. Proctor grew emotionally and as a character in whole. He started off as an outspoken man who didn't attend church for personal reasons not accepted by many others. Proctor hesitates to expose Abigail's true "identity", because he worries that their past relationship would be discovered and his name ruined.He had committed adultery, which in colonial times (and according to one of the Commandments) was a horrid thing to do. Thomas Putman accuses Proctor of never going to church, but Proctor claimed that was beaus his sermons were more of the devil than God. Also, because his skepticism of witchcraft, Proctor was torn between the truth and falsehood. He chose to testify against Abigail despite the fact that he felt bad, and that he might still have feelings for her, but in the end he felt that it wasn't worth it. Proctor has to make another major decision. He had to choose between signing a false confession which could ruin the fate of his community, or sacrificing his life to save his friends. By choosing not to sign the confession, Proctor was executed, but his strength, courage, and his infatuation with the good of the community, gave him the title "hero" of the story.

Abigail Williams is another character who contributed to the main plot of the play. Her young and innocent appearance gave people the wrong impression. Abigail was a deceitful person who didn't care about the outcome of her actions, only if it involved herself. She had once been John Proctor's lover, but was soon cast aside. Abby's jealousy towards Elizabeth Proctor caused her to resort to blackmail. She couldn't take the fact that John no longer loved her the way he did, and that he wanted to pretend that nothing ever happen. Abby not only went against Elizabeth, but against anyone she could think...

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Date:   02/10/2002

Category:   The Crucible

Length:   3 pages (670 words)

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