The Crucible

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The Crucible

In the play The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, some characters had an intense struggle between good and evil. A character who clearly displayed this quality was John Proctor. Many of his actions were good but he still made some major mistakes, which were extremely sinful in his society. Because of the mix of good and bad, he questioned his morality.

A major sin in Mr. Proctor's life was when he had an affair with a younger woman. His wife was ill and he seemed to take advantage of that, by having an affair with the household servant at that time, Abigail Williams. Abigail felt very strongly for John but he did not feel the same, and realized he was making a huge mistake. "Abby, you'll put it out of mind. I'll not be comin' for you more."1 Although he made the mistake of having an affair in the first place, he refuses to do it again.

"You are no wintry man. I know you, John. I know you. I cannot sleep for dreamin'; I cannot dream but I wake and walk about the house as though I'd find you comin' through some door."2 Abigail confessed her feelings to John in order to try and get him back with her again. He refuseed to give in, "Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I'll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby."3 Mr. Proctor was doing well by trying to avoid Abigail and protect his marriage, but nothing could make up for his sinful affair; this leaves him to examine his virtue.

When preparing for court, and in the court, it was harder for John to avoid Abigail. To...