The Crucible

Second, Proctor showed much pride during the trials as well as revealing his previous lust for another. Lastly, Thomas Putnam is a greedy man with gluttony for land and shows it in his attitude towards some townspeople. Therefore, the three townspeople mentioned in Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, will be punished for their sins whether they seek penitence or not. Abigail Williams first begins to show her sinfulness by having a relationship with a married man; John Proctor. It eventually comes back to hurt both of them in the Witch Trials when John confesses to Detonator to help prove that

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Abigail is faking her witchcraft and that she is trying to accuse John because she is jealous of his wife. It then backfires as his wife Elizabeth Proctor, lies about the affair (Miller Act Ill). Secondly, she shows wrath by attempting to accuse Mary Warren of witchcraft in open court as well. Abigail tries to say that Mary has taken the soul of a yellowier in the courthouse and is making Baby and the other girls feel pain (Miller Act Ill). Both her wrath and lust show how she was trying to seek penitence by confessing work with the devil to Judge Detonator in order to keep her goodness.

So, in the end, the Witch Trials proved to punish her emotionally as Abigail eventually flees Salem with another girl and all of Reverend Paris’ money. As mentioned in the prior paragraph, John Proctor showed his lust by having an affair with a young Abigail Williams. It was revealed in open court when attempting to confess Baby of faking witchcraft. Elizabeth Proctor then lied, forcing John to be jailed for denying to having a compact with the devil and performing witchcraft (Miller Act Ill). Throughout the play, John Proctor took great pride in his goodness and in his name.

When he was jailed for the denial of witchcraft, he was given an option to be released and free from the hangings. He wrote his name on the confession to having a compact with the devil but then tore up the confession as a statement to the denial. This showed his great amount of pride in himself and so he was hung for it (Miller Act IV). He did choose to seek penitence by trying to keep his pride and goodness by confessing to adultery with Abigail but was still punished by hanging because of his denial to the witchcraft that Abigail accused him of.

The last Of the three is Thomas Putnam, a man of greediness and gluttony. He shows his gluttony throughout the play by stating the fact that he is in fact a wealthy man and that he has authority in the town. He also shows his gluttony by having arguments with townspeople, such as Giles Corey in order to obtain more territory (Miller Act I-IV). He shows his greediness by attempting to obtain the land of Giles Corey. He does this by accusing Giles of witchcraft but Giles also accuses Putnam of witchcraft but will not provide the source of his witness and was arrested for contempt of the court.

If he confessed the information and confessed to witchcraft, he would have lost his land to the authorities of Salem and Putnam could have easily purchased it. So, Giles was pressed to death in order to give his land to his sons. Therefore reassuring that Thomas would never have a chance at obtaining his land (Miller Act Ill-IV). Thomas Putnam never sought penitence as he just sought land. He was punished by never receiving the land he hoped to have. In Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, the three townspeople; Abigail Williams, John

Proctor, and Thomas Putnam, were all punished in some way for their sinful actions whether or not they used those actions to seek penitence. Only Abigail and John chose to seek penitence by trying to keep their good names by confessing their work with the devil (Abigail) or confessing their adultery and lust with another (John). Thomas Putnam did not as he Was just a greedy man who showed gluttony for land, money, and power. His actions did not have as an important role in the play as Baby’s or Proctor’s did because he was a not a main character.