The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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The Crucible

In the play, The Crucible, Arthur Miller conveys the theme that though there is evil in our world, goodness will always win in the end. You can see the theme that Arthur Miller tried to convey, present in the characters' personalities, their lifestyles, and in their actions. To prove this theme is evident in the play, a pair of characters will be contrasted, showing both sides, good and evil. In this essay the two characters that are being contrasted are John Proctor and Reverend Parris. Reverend Parris portrays the part of the theme that evil is present in our world, his actions and his motives can prove his evilness. John Proctor represents the part of the theme that states, goodness will win in the end. Though this is not evident in the beginning of the play, it is clearly shown by the end of it. John Proctor was a loving man, who loved his wife very much and was also a respectable person, while Reverend Parris was a man who would do anything to save himself or his family and he abused his position to get anything that he desired to have.

That is why John Proctor prevailed in the end.

John Proctor was a man who loves his wife with all his heart. This statement is evident throughout the entire play, from beginning to end. " Abigail: Oh, I marvel how such a strong man may let such a sickly wife be-- Proctor: You'll speak nothin' of Elizabeth!" (23). In this quote, John proctor is speaking with Abigail Williams and is completely outraged in the manner she spoke of his wife. This only proves of how much he loved her and how protective he was of her. John not only showed his love for Elizabeth by...