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Honors English 10
25 October 2016
It takes guts and perseverance to fight for something one truly believes in. In the book The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor has to fight for many things . The rigged court in Salem causes many problems for him. He has to fight with Abigail as she is a fraud pretending to see the devil, he has to fight with the court and Mary Warren in order to prove his wife innocent of witchcraft, and he has to fight himself in order to determine whether he should confess to being a witch himself after he was accused. Through the character of Jo hn Proctor, Miller shows that people must go through many crucibles in order to fight for what they believe in.
Miller demonstrates Proctor being tested to the limit as he shows him going against his former 17-year-old servant, whom he had an affair with . After their past affair, John and Abigail have different feelings about each other. Proctor seems to have moved on and spends his days trying to fix his relationship with his wife Elizabeth. Abigail, however, still longs for John. When the two meet in Salem in Act 1, she says to him, "John-I am waitin' for you every night ," and also said , "I cannot dream but I wake and walk about the house as though I'd find you comin' through some door." Her heartfelt talk with John shows that she truly believe s the two belong together, as she explains how much she misses him and how she spends all her days thinking about him. Unfortunately for her, John doesn't have the same ideas. He responds to her confessed love by telling her , "I will cut off my hand before I'll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby." As John even denies that the relationship even happened, Abigail is both angered and shaken. Thought the fight may have seemed over, but the whole thing rose up again as Abigail began to gain power with the court. In a desperate attempt to win John over, Abigail accuses Elizabeth in an attempt to take her place as his wife. This infuriates Proctor, and in the deleted scene in act II, he demands her to tell the court she is blind to the spirits. He also tries to put her down by saying , "I'll make you famous for the whore you are!" and, "You mad, you murderous bitch!" Unfortunately , this doesn't change her mind at all, as she promises him that she will save him from himself at the court the next day. While John was able to avoid temptations from Abigail, he was unable to make court any easier for him and his wife. He knows that this confrontation may have put his wife in serious danger.
Miller demonstrates that people will do whatever they can to save the ones they love, despite the minimal resources they may have. As soon as Elizabeth is taken by the court, Proctor rushes in with the risky evidence he has and a huge claim . The only real evidence he has is his servant, Mary Warren . Unfortunately for him , the only way he can prove his wife's innocence is by proving that the girls of the court, mainly Abigail, are frauds. In order to do this , Proctor spends time trying to convince M ary to turn against her fri ends and to inform the judge and governor that they had been wrong about witches in Salem the whole time. Originally, Mary Warren was not on board to this idea. She cried as Proctor terrorized her, continuously stating, "I cannot, I cannot," as he screamed at her. During their a rgument, Mary Warren also states that Abby would charge lechery on Proctor if he were to testify against her. This means that Proctor would have to soil his reputation in order to get his wife back. Knowing this in the back of his head, he still goes to court in an attempt to free her . It was admirable that Proctor was brave enough to
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