A good man/woman does not need to be perfect to leave his/ her mark on society. Discuss in relation to at least two characters in The Crucible by Arthur Miller.
One of the main issues Miller introduces in The Crucible is that a man or woman does not have to be perfect to be recognized and leave their mark on society. In his play, Miller contrasts both negative and positive effects certain people have on their society. To display these things in characters such as John and Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams, Miller uses techniques such as contrast, imagery, other people's opinions and words with both positive and negative connotations.
Miller uses imagery and other people's opinions to make readers and watchers like Proctor, despite his not so holy lifestyle. Miller uses words with negative connotations such as 'sinner', and 'proud' to show Proctors flaws. Although Proctor is portrayed a rogue, readers love him for his honesty, courage and for paying the ultimate price.
Miller shows through other people the mark he has on the society.
'(feverishly): It is a great service, sir. It is a weighty name; it will strike the village that Proctor confess. I beg you, let him sign it. The sun is up, Excellency!'
Arthur Miller 1990, page 113
This shows the affect Proctor would have had on the village, should he have signed. Therefore it is obvious that Proctors death would have greatly affected the society.
'He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!'
Arthur Miller 1990, page 116
Miller shows that although Proctor was proud and broke rules for conducting relationships, he still is classified as a good person. Miller shows that it takes an enormous amount of courage to pay the ultimate price for what he believed in.