The Crucible

May 29, 2018 General Studies

Provide another quote from the play, * Conclusion (was her pride page number, and explanation. Justified? )Paragraph 4 (Body) * John Proctor, example of pride. Provide a quote, page number, and explanation. * Result of his pride. Provide another quote from the play, page number, and explanation. * Conclusion (was his pride justified? )Paragraph 5 (Conclusion) * Compare John Proctor to the other characters. * Decide whether or not his final act was one of excessive pride. * Tell how the title of the play relates to the theme.

I The Crucible Essay (Pride) Pride, in its definition, is a high or inordinate opinion of ones own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority. The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller based on actual events that, in 1692, led to the Salem Witch Trials. These trials were a group of hearings before local authority to prosecute those accused of witchcraft. In this play there are many important characters, but the main characters and those with the most excessive pride are Reverend Hale, Elizabeth Proctor, and John Proctor.

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Reverend Hale is an intellectual man who prides himself in his ability to detect witchcraft, which was why he was called to Salem. This quote is seen as an example of Whale’s excessive pride on Act One, page 39 of The Crucible, “Have no fear now – we shall find him out if he has come among us, and I mean to crush him utterly if he has shown his face! ” Here the Reverend is so confident in his abilities, that he places them on par with The Devil. This can be seen as arrogance in the face of the people of Salem, and to the readers.

By the end of the play, however, Reverend Hale is able to swallow his pride and confess his mistakes, which shows his pride was not completely justified, but the Hale at the beginning of the play would not be able to. Elizabeth Proctor is John Proctors wife, and is seen as cold and unforgiving. Elizabeth prides herself in not being accused of witchcraft and having nothing to do with those that do. Elizabethan pride also appears when she would not confess that her husband, John Proctor, had an affair. Elizabeth: “Your Honor, I-in that time were sick. And l- My husband is a good and righteous man.

He is never drunk as some are, nor wasting’ his time at the cheeseboard, but always at his work. But in my sickness-you see, sir, I were a long time sick after my last baby, and I thought I saw my husband somewhat turning from me. And this girl-” Detonator: “Look at me. ” Elizabeth: “Aye, sir. Abigail Williams-” Detonator: “What of Abigail Elizabeth: “I came to think he fancied her. And so one night I lost my wits, hind, and put her out on the highroad. ” Detonator: “Your husband-did he indeed turn from you? “C Elizabeth: “My husband-is a goodly man, sir. C] Detonator: “Then he did not turn from you. “D Elizabeth: “He-“CHI Detonator: “Look at me! To your own knowledge, has John Proctor ever committed the crime of lechery? Answer my question! Is your husband a lecher! “O Elizabeth: “No, sir. ” (Act Three, peg. 1 13, Miller) This quote shows that Elizabeth has too much pride to bring shame upon her family. Her pride is not justified, however, because she lies for it instead of telling the truth even if it is to save her husbands and her own reputation. John Proctor is a farmer, a regular and common citizen, as well as the husband of Elizabeth proctor.


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