"The Crucible" by Arthur Miller.

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A Change in Character

Throughout the play, "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller, a theme of moral choice arouses. This occurs due to the problems, which arise involving the principles of the characters. A focus is placed on the characters that face a moral choice in the play, which allows the reader to witness the development of their character. These characters, when faced with hardship confront a moral and mental dilemma. In order to solve this dilemma, they must grow as individuals and attain a level of confidence, which allows them to make the correct decision. A perfect example of this is John Proctor. Throughout this play, John Proctor has to overcome tremendous emotional and moral hurdles and as a result, his character develops into a different person.

In the beginning of the play John Proctor was nothing more than an average man. John was well respected in the community and known for his honesty.

John is initially described as a kind man, not easily led, powerful of body and even tempered. "He was a kind man- powerful of body, even- tempered and not easily led..." John Proctor is considered an honest man, but few know that he is guilty of adultery with Abigail Williams, a teenage servant. This jeopardizes his honesty in the eyes of his wife and causes him to be doubted and not given the trust he deserves. This also causes John to view himself as a sinner and as someone unworthy of the respect he is given by society. Even though John displays great importance to his public appearance, John Proctor has a very low view of himself and his value as a human being, which affects many of his decisions in the outcome of the play. "I cannot mount the gibbet like a saint. It...