The dictionary describes the word crucible as a container in which metals or other substances may be melted or subjected to really heats, usually carried out in order to purify the metal. In the book ‘the crucible’ individuals of Salem are cleansed through the Salem witch trials. Examples of individuals are John Proctor, Elizabeth– his other half and Hale. The primary example of filtration though is seen in John Proctor, starting as an unholy man, with lechery in his past and completing by getting last forgiveness from his partner.
Proctor had an affair with Abigail but having finishing it, she still pines after him, and she does in fact attempt to get him back. This can be seen in the beginning of the play. “Abigail: Offer me a soft word John. A soft word. Proctor: No, no. Abby that’s finished with.” This shows how Proctor recognises the mistake he made in the past but that he is trying to correct it, however Elizabeth does not trust him again yet.
When Proctor returns having had this conversation with Abigail and talks to Elizabeth about when Abigail told him that Betty’s trance had absolutely nothing do with witchcraft, Elizabeth learns they were alone in a space together and is really suspicious. “Proctor: Woman. I’ll not have your suspicion any more, Elizabeth: I have no -, Proctor: I’ll not have it, Elizabeth: Then let you earn it, Proctor: you question me yet? Elizabeth: John, if it where not Abigail that you must go to hurt, would you fail now?
I think not.” Proctor is still not a character to be trusted, until the very end of the book, where he selects death over betrayal showing through the fire of persecution he has become cleansed, like those metals positioned in a crucible in a science laboratory. “Hale: Female, plead with him! Lady! It is his pride, it is his vanity. Be his assistant!– What profits him to bleed? Shall the dust applaud him? Shall the worms state his truth? Go to him, take his shame away!
” Elizabeth does not nevertheless, since she understands and she feels pride and love for this man with so much bravery. Proctor nevertheless is not killed just due to the fact that of his pride, I think it is a last homage to his better half to reveal he is honorable and deserving male and not an adulterous and unreliable man. Although the circumstance he is in does not straight reveal this change, you can see it due to the fact that unlike all the rest he does not knock any other innocent people to get himself ‘off the hook.
‘ He passed away trying to stop Abigail, rather than merely joining her side and even waiting, this shows to Elizabeth how he loves her and no longer Abigail. After being condemned for witchcraft and admitting it in order not to hang, he declines to sign his name to the confession, so he is executed. He doesn’t wish to sign his name to the confession due to the fact that he feels that if such a label pollutes his name his life is unworthy living.
“Because it is my name! Because I can not have another in my life! Due to the fact that I lie and sign myself to lies! Since I am unworthy the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have actually given you my soul; leave me my name!” To state such things reveals such a bravery and Elizabeth acknowledges this and all she can to however to remove his pride and courage is to let him go.