Essay on The Crucible Theme of Pride

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The Theme of Pride in the Play
The Crucible
Pride can be defined positively and negatively, it can mean a sense of one's own proper dignity or value or self-respect, or an excessively high opinion of oneself or conceit, respectively. In the play which portrays both sides of pride we are transported to the late sixteen hundreds and introduced to the town of Salem in the province of Massachusetts Bay during the time of witch trials, and it’s excessively superstitious habitants. Some of the fictitious but notable habitants of the town are John Proctor, his wife Elizabeth Proctor and Reverend Hale, all of whom show various facets of pride, its benefits and its consequences.
Initially in the play pride is portrayed by Reverend Hale, who
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The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you. I never thought you but a good man, John, only somewhat bewildered” (Act 2, Page 52) later on just as she suspected, Abigail was out to get her and her husband and her pride did not let her tell the court the truth that Abigail had seduced her husband that John had previously confessed to “I came to think he fancied her. And so one night I lost my wits, I think, and put her out on the highroad.” (Act 3, Page 103) This then resulted in her husband being imprisoned and later hanged. Her pride was justified because of the time period she lived in, to suffer infidelity was looked down upon and them living in such conservative community it would have resulted in the defamation of her and her husband and the reverends niece.

However we have John Proctor, the main representant of pride who is the tragic hero of the play. He is a good religious man like his wife but his fatal flaw is his pride and lusting after Abigail Williams that later leads the witch trials because of Proctor’s rejection and then legitimately causes his eventual death sentence. His pride is shown when he does not want to live with the consequences of his affair with Abigail “Spare me! You forget nothin' and forgive nothin'. Learn charity, woman. I have gone tiptoe in this house all seven months since she is gone. I have not moved from there to there without I think to please you, and still an everlasting funeral marches

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