The Crucible The Crucible The play, The Crucible, is one with a vast amount of strength, and intelligence. The play is one in which a small suburban town in Massachusetts is overtaken by the devil, and witchcraft. It accurately retells the historic happenings of what the town of Salem, Massachusetts, went through during the spring of 1692. In this play, many if not all, of the characters make some sort of sacrifice cracter that sacrifices many more substantial things to him, which dramatically changes the course of the play, is John Proctor. In the play, John Proctor sacrificed: his word to Abigail to never tell anyone about their secret affair, his family, and he sacrificed his life to keep his name good in the town.
John Proctor sacrificed many very meaningful things, which were ever so dear to him. In the play, The Crucible, John Proctor sacrificed his word to Abigail, to never tell anyone about their affair. While being married to a beautiful wife, Elizabeth, and having children, John Proctor goes and cheats on Elizabeth by having a secret affair with Abigail. John and Abigail had always kept this little secret to themselves and had not told a soul about it. However, when Abigail charges Elizabeth with witchcraft, in order to get closer to John so she can have him, John explains to Abigail that she must drop the charges on Elizabeth, or he will tell the whole town about their affair and it will destroy her well-known, clean, name. To prove this point, John warns Abigail, I will prove you for the fraud you are! (152) John also explains to her, to further her understanding, I say I will! If you can still hear, hear this! Can you hear! You will tell the court you are blind to spirits; you cannot see them anymore, and you will never cry witchery again, or I will make you famous for the whore you are! (152) Also once the court found out that Elizabeth was pregnant with John’s baby, they let her go anyway for one year, but they would recapture her again after that one-year was up. Abigail never dropped the charges on Elizabeth so in return, John told the whole town about their affair.
John Proctor sacrificed his family. John got fed up with all that everyone was saying about witchcraft and the devil so out of sheer frustration, while in court one day, John shouts out at the top of his lungs I say— say—God is dead! (119) By saying this, John is instantly sent to jail. After thinking in jail for a short time, he is presented with a disposition. In this disposition, he has to confess that he saw the devil and he was overtaken by witchcraft. If he signs the disposition, then he will be released from jail and let free.
However, if he chooses not to sign this disposition, he will be hung. This disposition was then to be hung on the church door for the whole town to see, and act as an incentive for the rest of the townspeople’s who have been a victim of witchcraft to come forth and confess for their crime. However John did not want this to happen, he just wanted to confess in words and keep it between him, his wife, the judge’s, and the other few onlookers, but they would not allow that. To prove that John Proctor confessed in words, signed the disposition, but would not let them keep it, No, no. I have signed it.
You have seen me. It is done! You have no need for this! (142) John felt that his confession in words was just as good as the signed disposition, I have confessed myself! Is there no good penitence but it being in public God does not need my name nailed upon the church! God sees my name; God knows how black my sins are! It is enough! (142) As a result of John not allowing them to keep the disposition showing his confession, he was hung and he sacrificed his family, which in turn made them suffer a great loss. John Proctor sacrificed his own life in order o keep his name white in the town. John felt that if he did sign the disposition, he would live, but the whole town would not view him as the same kind, well-known man as he had. On the other hand, if he did not sign the disposition, he would die, but his name would remain white and everyone in the town would view him as they always had and it would remain hat way forever.
As a result of his name meaning more to him than his life, John Proctor chose to not sign the disposition, and be hung. In order to verify that John chose to be hung, to save his name, Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name! (143) By not signing the disposition, Jon Proctor, in a way, signed his life away. The play, The Crucible, is a true story. All of the events explained in the book happened in real life. The author of the The Crucible, Arthur Miller, altered the real-life happenings somewhat to better fit his standards, but the play is still as dramatic and powerful as if he had never changed it at all. One of the elements of the plot that make the play so interesting and suspenseful is the many sacrifices that he characters make throughout the play.
John Proctor sacrificed: his word to Abigail to never tell anyone about their affair, his family, and he sacrificed his life to keep his good name in the town. John Proctor sacrificed many very meaningful things, which were ever so dear to him. These sacrifices and many other circumstances are what mad the play what it was. In short, saying that Arthur Miller, a one of a kind author, can only make a one of a kind play The Crucible possible. Bibliography Miller, Arthur. The Crucible.
New York. Penguin Plays, 1981. English Essays.