"The Crucible" a character that experiences growth, cleansing by fire and the universal lvl/thematic.

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The transition of a young boy into manhood is filled with mental and physical challenges. Some of the events that occur during the transitioning can be painful. For example, a young boy may witness a friend who is addicted to drugs and admit himself into a rehabilitation center. It may be a harsh way to realize the negative effects drugs may have on his life if he starts to consume however, it is preferable that he understand the ramifications of such an act before he himself gets addicted. Similarly, in The Crucible by Arthur Miller there are various characters who, as a result of ongoing turmoil, inadvertently have a change in beliefs or actions. John Proctor is a character who develops in a psychological manner. Proctor is seen by the town of Salem as an exemplary citizen; he is a farmer respected for his as hard work and honesty. Regardless of the high esteem in which he is held in by the town, he views himself as a false man for a past mistake he has committed.

The view is changed unexpectedly towards the end of the play through a "cleansing by fire." Through this cleansing he endures several arduous trials which allow him to come to a certain understanding; this understand is that he is not really a false man. From his experience we learn that personal acceptance must come before acceptance from society.

In his character description, Proctor is said to be a "sinner, a sinner not only against the moral fashion of the time, but against his own vision of decent conduct...Proctor, respected and even feared in Salem, has come to regard himself as a kind of fraud" (20/21). This quote explains the strict moral values of the Puritans at that time. It also reveals to us...