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The Importance of Non-Conformity Thomas Paine once wrote These are the times that try mens souls He of course was speaking of the difficulty the colonists faced during the Revolutionary war However we see that throughout history there have been numerous times when man has been faced with great dilemmas the outcomes of which have had an effect on society as a whole Those who lived in Salem Massachusetts in 1692 were faced with such similar struggles Some of these battles were outwardly fought and others were the sometimes more brutal internal battles in which the victor had a strong effect on the whole Salem community The outcomes of the inner conflicts found in the characters of this novel were based upon whether or not the players chose to submit to the pressures put upon them by a society that was rooted in the strict control of all aspects of life Throughout the play Jon Proctor in looking out for he and his wifes welfare his soul and name and the town makes decisions which are of important consequence to himself and to the greater community In The Crucible we see through John Proctors various motivations Arthur Millers underlying theme of the difficulty and importance for one to be an individual in a society of conformists Proctor being concerned only with himself and behaving like a true conformist does not submit his knowledge of the falsity of the witch trials nor of the adultery he committed with Abigail Williams Primarily realizing that it is likely that the court will not believe him John is not readily inclined to go against what most of the community considers as true and tell the court that the girls are a fraud John understands that the consequence for such a charge is great and so he is afraid of getting caught up in unnecessary trouble with the town He had the power very early on to stop the
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