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Inner Conflicts When people think of the word conflict things like a confrontation with a family member a fight between two friends or even a bloody war come to mind However oftentimes the most serious conflict lies within oneself This holds true for Arthur Millers The Crucible Among the turmoil and disorder that encompasses the Puritans of Salem Village lie two characters who not only have to endure the hardships of the events in their town but also are forced to struggle with their own personal battles In the play John Proctor is compelled to choose between saving his physical life by lying or saving his eternal life by being a martyr Similarly Mary Warren is faced with the decision to either come clean about the reality of the witch-hunts or keep living a lie While both characters are confronted with life altering choices it is John Proctor who ultimately stands up for his beliefs while Mary Warren succumbs to the hypnosis of her peers John Proctor an average puritan farmer is faced with inner turmoil that plagues him every day However at first he is not only bothered by the events of the witch- hunt his affair with seventeen-year-old Abigail Williams still lingers in his mind It is evident that his wife Elizabeth distrusts him so John is confronted with the arduous decision of whether or not to admit to his adultery Yet it is not until after John and his wife have been arrested for witchcraft that the pieces of his life begin to come together Faced with possible death Proctor emerges as a decent and noble man Though he did not involve himself in any sort of witchcraft John knows that he cannot be hanged and die a martyr with the sin of adultery still looming in his mind As Elizabeth persuades John to confess and save his life he tells her that his honesty is broke He is no good
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