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The Crucible, by Arthur Miller

The Crucible

The Crucible written by Arthur Miller is a play that takes place in the sixteen nineties during the famous but tragic witch trails. The entire community is in pandemonium yet certain characters are also fighting internal conflicts of their own. Miller uses three characters that manifest this internal battle ever so clearly. Such as Mary Warren whose whole personality turns upside down, John Proctor who contemplates between the importance of his family and his own name, and Reverend Hale who battles with himself, weather to carry out his job requirements or to do what he knows is right.

Mary Warren is a girl who is forced with this inner turmoil throughout this play. At the outset of the play she is perceived to be a very shy girl who will never speak her mind, as shown when Proctor sends her home and she responds with "I'm just going home" (21). As the play continues and as she is influenced by Abigail, Mary begins to break this self induced mold and does what she wants. Mary Warren, along with many other girls gets caught up in a hype of getting all the attention and exercising power via initiating adamantly continuing these "witch trails". Finally John Proctor, the rationalist, shows that when people like Rebecca Nurse and Elizabeth Proctor who are the saintliest of people are accused of being witches, something must be wrong. Mary Warren has a difficult decision to make. She has realized that her whole way of life has been based on injustice. However, how can she extricate herself from Abigail and her friends, not to mention her new feelings of confidence? Mary decides to speak out against Abigail and the others for their false accusations and said that she "tried to kill me numerous times" (57). Yet as she does this heroic act of overcoming her old reality, Abigail pretends that Mary is also a witch using the poppets against her (73). Mary is now faced with yet another grueling internal conflict: to do what she knows as right and probably die for it, or to return her old ways. Mary succumbs to Abigail's "hypnosis" and accuses john Proctor of forcing her to lie. Clearly the battle which Mary faced from the very beginning was enormous.

John Proctor, a farmer and village commoner similarly is faced with an inner turmoil. He has committed adultery and had absolutely no intentions...

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