Throughout The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, lots of themes develop. Some of the themes contradict each other, and some of them overlap. And no one of them entirely explains the play. You’ll find that some ring more real than others, but you can find evidence to support all. We watch feelings of one character to another develop, keep in mind on proofs as they are presented, and listen to the deem the outsiders look onto the lives of the main characters.
What is the “heat” in between Abigail and Proctor?
Is it true love, or is it simply the desire of the flesh, or perhaps some of both? Abigail remembers “how you clutched my back behind your home, and sweated like a stallion whenever I come near.” This sure appear like desire, however later on, in tears, she pleads with him: “I look for John Proctor, who took me from my sleep, and put knowledge into my heart! I never understood what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian ladies, and their covenanted males! And now you bid me, tear the light out of my eyes? I will not, I can not!
You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you loved me yet! John, pity me, pity me!” The earnestness of such a speech, is difficult to question.
When it comes to Proctor, we hardly know him at the beginning of the story, however compared to the others, he appears sincere, despite the fact that it makes him, and others suffer. As the story advances, we have more of a possibility to examine his heart, for it soon becomes the hero of his catastrophe. But in the beginning, we just watch, and bear in mind of how intense their feelings are for each other, and see them, for their further developments.
As every act is studded with minutes apparently innocent, and inevitable, Parris takes the first small action towards the horror, which comes about. And a word here about “evidence,” it is the most frustrating concern in the play. How do you show witchcraft? Everybody seems to have a various response. Take A Look At Goody Putnam’s speech, “They were murdered, Mr. Parris!, And mark that proof. Mark it! Last night my Ruth was ever so near to their little spirits; I know it, I know it, Sir.
For how else is she stuck dumb, and how would the power of darkness stop her mouth? It is a magnificent indication, Mr. Parris!” Later on Reverend Hale, the expert on witchcraft, will state,” We can not aim to superstitious notion in this. The Devil is Accurate.” But the question of what constitutes proof of witchcraft, and what if the mere superstition is never ever fixed in the play, and Arthur Miller is practically completely silent about it. So we too, had to reserve judgement, and simply bear in mind of these “evidence”, as they are presented.
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