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The Crucible Internal Conflicts The Crucible written by Arthur Miller is a play that takes place in the 1690s during the famous but tragic Salem witch trials The entire community is in pandemonium yet certain characters are also fighting internal conflicts of their own Miller uses three characters that manifest this internal battle ever so clearly Such as Mary Warren whose whole personality turns upside down John Proctor who contemplates between the importance of his family and his own name and Reverend Hale who battles with himself whether to carry out his job requirements or do what he knows is right Mary Warren is a shy girl who is forced with this inner turmoil throughout this play At the outset of the play she is perceived to be a very shy girl who will never speak her mind as shown when Proctor sends her home and she responds with Im just going home 21 As the play continues ands as she is influenced by Abigail Mary begins to break this self-induced mold and does what she wants Mary along with many other girls get caught up in the hype of getting all the attention and exercising power via initiating and adamantly continuing these witch trials Finally Proctor the rationalist shows that when people like Rebecca Nurse and Elizabeth Proctor who are the saintliest of people are accused of being witches something must be wrong Mary Warren has a difficult decision to make She has realized that her whole way of life has been based on injustice However how can she extricate herself from Abigail and her friends not to mention her new feelings of c onfidence Mary decides to speak out against Abigail and the others for their false accusations and said that she tried to kill me numerous times57 Yet as she does this heroic act of overcoming her old reality Abigail pretends that Mary is a witch using the poppets against her
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