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Throughout the play The Crucible written by Arthur Miller consisted of various characters that demonstrated positive and negative pride a major theme in this playwright Positive pride is a value of oneself that expresses worthy self-esteem and negative pride or excessive pride exists when an individual consists of stubbornness and selfishness The Crucible was written to invite individuals to enter what it means to be human in a sinful world It raises questions about truth evil and the power of dishonesty Nelson 2 John Proctor Elizabeth Proctor and Giles Corey expressed positive pride and Abigail Williams was a prime example of negative pride as a personality flaw John Proctor a farmer who was married to Elizabeth Proctor developed pride within himself in the play He considered himself as a sinner and to gain self-pride he had to bypass all his flaws he had encountered in life First John Proctor disobeyed the contract of love and marriage and had an affair with Abigail Williams He continued to regain loyalty and trust with his beloved Elizabeth as a way to reach self-pride John Proctor knew his sins could be forgiven and he strived to reach comfort within his heart to live Later John was accused of witchcraft He lied again to the Salem Village to save his life but when his confession was to be written out formally he couldnt bare it and decided to tear up his last sin He died with pride when all his sins were forgivenElizabeth Proctor suffered a great deal of heartache throughout the play but was also one who showed an extreme amount of pride It took a lot for her to regain trust for her husband John again for what he had done to their bond of marriage However in the end Elizabeth forgives him for being unfaithful and blames herself for not being able to love him enough She cannot counsel him to lie and instead tells him to
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