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Pride in the Crucible

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Inspired by the McCarthy era, The Crucible involves frightening realism and many aspects that give insight on the events of the Salem witch trials in 1692. As many things are taken away from the civilians, pride is the only thing they are left to fight for. Pride is the fuel that feeds the fiery events in Salem, In Arthur Millers play The Crucible. Hale exhibits such proudness by not speaking up which left Danforth ultimately too stubborn to go back on his words so he continued with the hangings which left John Proctor to hang after he refused to let his name taint him forever by not hanging.

Why is hale proud?

- Because he didn't want to speak up and go against the court

- He was too prideful to stand up for Proctor when he knew that he wasn't bad,

- that he was just supporting his wife. He had pride

- He was described as an intellectual , he felt the pride of the specialist


- He was known as the expert

- He is proud of the fact he is being called on the expert

- PAGE 40

- He finds himself superior because of his knowledge


- People fed him compliments which added to him being proud

- Page 42 - QUOTE. He establishes himself as an expert

- 46 - getting Tituba to confess

- By the end of act one he has done something towards the situation

- When the court comes into the situation

- Page 62 - he's going around without the courts saying he could. He did it on his own accord.

- When they take Elizabeth he is still acting in charge

Why is Danforth proud?

- He would rather let innocent people hang than admit he was wrong.

- A little pride is always good, but like all things, a little too much of a good thing can become bad.

- PAGE 112- QUOTE "Now sir - which of these in your opinion may be brought to God? I will myself strive with him till dawn"

- PAGE 112 - QUOTE "There will be no postponement

- PAGE 113 - QUOTE "Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part, reprieve or pardon may cast doubt upon the guilt of them that died till now"

- He kept the hangings going on even when Rebecca Nurse is



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