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A Major Theme of The Crucible The theme of the story was rising over adversity and standing for the truth even to the death The Crucible explores the depths of honor and truth John sacrifices his own life in order to die with goodness He would rather die by his own honesty than live by a lie In the beginning of the story John wanted to keep distant from the trials He did not want to have a part whether good or bad When Elizabeth was arrested he was forced to become part of it He went to court first to set his wife free but after watching the proceedings he saw that the evil was not only being done to his own wife but many others like his wife As a result he worked even harder to free the other innocent people getting himself arrested Despite this drawback he did not give up He had the chance to free himself if he testified against the others but he realized that this would be wrong and even though he wanted to free himself he would not if it meant bringing trouble upon others He cleansed himself at the trial standing for what he knew was right and died a righteous person Though he stayed away from church he became more pure than the common Puritans dying as a martyr like the original apostles He learned what truth meant through his suffering Through John Proctors struggle Elizabeth Hale and Parris were deeply affected As John struggles to achieve righteousness Elizabeth and Johns relationship begins to grow and mature He continually grows more pure in Elizabeths sight until she is able to forgive him She forgives him for his affair and tells him that he can do as he will When Hale pleads with her to ask Proctor to confess and save his life she responds by saying He has his goodness now
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