Crucible Essay

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Proctor’s confession leads to him being arrested and convicted of witchery but also proves that Abigail has been lying. In the final act, Procter is given the opportunity to make a public confession and live, but Proctor refuses to provide a false confession that will save his life, he would rather die a brave man by saving his family’s reputations. Dying for his family proved that the goodness lies within him and he is no longer a dishonest man, even Elizabeth says that he is a good man. Abigail: I saw Goody Hawkins with the Devil! Betty: I saw Goody Bibber with the Devil! Abigail: I saw Goody Booth with the Devil! (Miller 48) In the beginning, Elizabeth Proctor acted very cold and ...view middle of the document...

And so one night I lost my wits, I think, and put her out on the highroad. (Miller 113) Although it was very out of the ordinary, Elizabeth’s breaking a commandment proved that she has changed and that she loves Proctor and will do anything to protect him. When Proctor was on his way to being hanged, Elizabeth tells him that she does not want him to die, but he must make his own decision on whether to lie to the court or not. Although Proctor chooses to tell the truth and is hanged, Elizabeth is proud of him for dying to protect his family. Elizabeth was once a cold heartless woman but became caring and forgiving. This helped in bringing down Abigail, if Proctor didn’t have guidance from his wife, he would have never confessed to their affair. The witch trials of Salem in 1692 were evil, twenty-nine people were accused of witchcraft and nineteen of them (fourteen women and five men) were hanged. Of all the people accused, none were guilty. There was one guilty party and her name is Abigail Williams. Abigail caused the town to become an unjust society and cause the town to go into hysterics. Like John Proctor said: “... vengeance is walking...

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