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Arthur Millers play The Crucible is a great portrayal of humans and their inner struggles This play takes place in the 1690s in a small Puritan community based on a rigid social system An outbreak of rumors claiming witchcraft contaminated this small village This caused conflict among the people of name and ultimately resulted in absolute chaos This play clearly illustrates the self-battles of three characters Reverend Hales battle is initiated by his personal commitment to God He is a deeply religious man who was unrelenting in his quest for the devil Originally Hale believed that there was witchcraft in the town and wanted to drive it out However as the play develops Hale witnesses sincere and respectable townspeople being sentenced and hung He learns that what is being done is definitely wrong and here begins his inner turmoil With scrutiny he looks at himself and tries to figure out which way to go Should he continue with what he is doing and listen to Danforth or should he listen to his conscience He does try a feeble attempt to talk to Danforth and explain how their actions are unjust but again his inner struggle pulls him back to a more moderate stand Hale then decides to persuade the wrongly accused to confess witchcraft At least this will save them from death by hanging He preaches perjury to the people even though this is also against their religion Hales principles were ridden with guilt and sadness because of his struggle with himself John Proctor a farmer and village commoner is similarly faced with an inner turmoil He has committed adultery with Abigail while his wife was sick He was fully aware of his immoral actions and the enormity of the problem Once he though this problem has vanished it came back to slap him in the face Abigail decided to call Johns wife Goody a witch this in turn spurs conflict and anger
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