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The Crucible written by Arthur Miller is a play that deals with the Salem witch trials in the 1690s The main character John Proctor goes through a crucible or severe test of his own as the witch trials are taking place The witch trials occur because a group of girls from Salem accuse some of the townspeople of making pacts with the devil or becoming witches These girls were at first charged with being witches when they were caught dancing around a cauldron in the woods They admitted to being witches to avoid being hung and then told the court a list of names of people in the town who were also involved with the devil The court then arrested the people on the list and charged them for being witches If the people charged didnt admit to being witches they were hung but if they admitted they would only spend a little time in jail The leader of the girls is Abby and she lusts for John Proctor After Abby was caught in the woods she tells John Proctor that the whole thing is an act and no witch craft has taken place John Proctor knows this as the witch trials get started but doesnt go into to Salem to stop them because he fears that Abby will charge lechery on him The witch trials are a crucible for those who are accused while John Proctor has his own Crucible to deal with John Proctors crucible starts with the decision of whether or not to go into town and testify against Abby and her clan of girls to save the people accused or save his good name and stay away from the witch trials This is a difficult decision for Proctor Should he go into town and put his good name on the line to save the accused people or stay out of the witch trials and save his name When John finds out
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