Why?For English class, I was asked to describe which character I most relate to in The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, and provide two examples. Here was my response:

John Proctor and I have a powerful like of life with honesty over ill-thinking idiots who are in charge of people. Taking our losing arguments into account today, we will sacrifice our lives before our honor. Listening to arguments worsens our learned abilities to patiently wait for sanity and honesty to lift another to common sense. Risking his lover’s walking with dignity in the Puritan faith, he confesses his adultery with Abigail. Of adultery I have no confession, but I have confessed lies before and I share the embarrassment of sin with this man. Attacking idiocy intent on destroying Goody Proctor’s life, he risked himself. I do this when I protest overbearing senile thinking in lost school individuals with authority. Life is for living. I have shared the death of the lonely tomb with Proctor, too. He made the intellectually honest choice. For that, his name lives with Socrates.


1. “I have known her, sir. I have known her.”

2. “These are my friends. Their wives are also accused.”

Copyright 2014 John Smyth


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