The Crucible

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In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, three Characters discover something about themselves during the play. John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, and Reverend John Hale all had a transformation at some point in the play. These transformations had a large impact on the play.

John Proctor had an obvious transformation in the play. In the beginning of the play, he was a strong and courageous farmer. After he had an adulterous affair with Abigail Williams, he was never the same person again. His affair with Abigail corrupted him and made him lose all his purity and honesty. Towards the end of the play, John Proctors shame changed to confidence. He refused to sign the confession, saying that he would be willing to die for his name.

Elizabeth Proctor also underwent change in the play. When she first found out about her husbands affair with Abigail, she was very cold and unforgiving.

She even wanted John to turn Abigail in for witchcraft just to prove that he no longer loves her. Elizabeth eventually became more sympathetic for John Proctor. She testified in court that John hadn't had an affair to save his life. Ironically, this actually caused his death because he had already confessed to adultery.

Reverend John Hale went through the most change in the play. In the beginning of the play, he went to Salem only to tell Reverend Parris if there was witchcraft. He ended up causing all the hysteria in the town by convincing the court that there was witchcraft. Towards the end, he realized that nothing justifies taking someone's life. But it was too late for the nineteen people who were hanged for witchcraft.

In the Crucible, many characters underwent a change during the play. They discovered something about themselves that made them act differently...