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Arthur Millers The Crucible is a play based on the Salem witch trials of the 1600s The play is set in Salem Massachusetts in the year 1692 The Puritan colony in which the story takes place is split into two main groups- Salem Village and Salem Town forming much of the political roots and climate Salem Town is of higher class with businesses and industry and Salem Village is a farming community of lower class John Proctor a farmer of Salem Village shows his individuality from society through the course of the play by challenging the justice of the court while maintaining his beliefs John Proctor is a kind-hearted hardworking man who loves his wife dearly However he recently strayed from his wife and committed adultery with Reverend Parris niece Abigail Williams This one small crime of lechery is the spark that sets off the fiery plot of The Crucible John is beside himself with internal conflict he is not proud of his actions and feels very guilty When Abigail reaches out to him he turns her away Abby I may think of you softly from time to time But I will cut off my hand before Ill ever reach for you again Wipe it out of mind We never touched Abby 177 Because of Abigails constant attempts to gain Johns love her games soon escalate into serious problems in the community As John Proctor wants to move on and forget about Abigail and his sin Abigail wants nothing more than for John to return her love She will try everything possible to make him love her You loved me John Proctor and whatever sin it is you love me yet 177 Abigails first attempts to gain Johns love through spells and witchcraft eventually are discovered and as she tries to cast the blame on others in the community hysteria overcomes the community The contrast of these two characters feelings for one another provides
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