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The Crucible- Act Four The scene in Act Four of The Crucible by Arthur Miller defines the characterization themes and conflicts of the play The scene takes place in a court dungeon where John Proctor is confronted by his wife Elizabeth for the first time in many months The couple is imprisoned on having been falsely convicted of practicing witchcraft While Elizabeth has been held with the rest of the members of the community John has been isolated in a dark dingy dungeon He is to be hung for his crimes the very next morning The court officials send Elizabeth in to convince John to confess in writing that the accusations against him are true and that the verdict is just The conversation that takes place between Proctor and Elizabeth is above sorrow beyond it They are bewildered by the hatred against them They know they have done nothing and are falsely accused Yet even with the glum atmosphere created by the conversation the reader detects a glimmer of optimism determination and hope in Proctors voice The reader feels that he will fight till the end It is hard to give a lie to dogs he says Proctor continually wavers in his decision whether to confess to this outright lie or to spite the evil and be hung in martyrdom Up to this point in time the court officials have no definitive proof that any witchcraft has actually been practiced Innocent people are being hung only on account of the testimony given by one young girl Proctor realizes that by confessing he will mar the memory of the many who have thus far been killed without confirming the false accusations These dead would not sign their names falsely just to spare their own life How could Proctor disrespect the cause that these dead gave their lives for just to spare himself Throughout
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