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How Arthur Miller Effectively Illustrates The Strength Of John Proctor, A Character In His Play, The Crucible

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In the text, 'The Crucible', with the use of several different examples Arthur Miller represents the extent of his character, John Proctor's strength.

Arthur Miller begins the play with an example which immediately indicates the strength of John Proctor to the reader of the play, this early introduction implies how Proctor's strength may prove to be a vital part of the play or a necessity in his character. In this example he states, "This predilection for minding other people's business was time-honoured among the people of Salem, and it undoubtedly created many of the suspicions which were to feed the coming madness. It was also, in my opinion, one of the things that a John Proctor would ...view middle of the document...

This strength, the one required to oppose a whole society and it's foundation is also later brought up as a dominant character trait that John Proctor possesses. Again early in the text Arthur Miller indicates this strength. He says that the witch-hunt, which he also described earlier as "coming madness", was "not, however, a mere repression. It was also, and as importantly, a long overdue opportunity for everyone so inclined to express their publicly his guilt and sins, under the cover of accusation against the victims." This later proves to be a hint of a direct reference to John Proctor and his strength to confess to his own guilt and sins.

As we read on, we see that Miller clearly in his introduction of John Proctor states the strength he projects to society and all those who know him, but we're also introduced to another strength, strength that Proctor sees in himself. Proctor is described as a "farmer in his middle thirties." Being the presumably average age of that time Proctor may be perceived to be muscular, this assumption is also lead to by his occupation which would obviously require a large amount of physical strength. Arthur Miller continues to say that, "He was the kind of man- powerful of body, even-tempered, and not easily led-who cannot refuse support to partisans without drawing their deepest resentment." We now see that Proctor was not only strong physically but he was an important part of the society. As i said this, strength is now countered by another strength. Miller writes, "But as we shall see, the steady manner he displays does not spring from an untroubled soul. He is a sinner, a sinner not only against the moral fashion of the time, but against his own vision of decent conduct." We see that although all we know of him till his introduction is his apparent strength and now we see a man who is, but cannot regard himself as being,...

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