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  1. Introduction - history of tragedy in theatre.
  2. Authenticity among gross hypocrisy running rampant in Salem.
  3. John's efforts to achieve authenticity.
  4. Motif in The Crucible - moral absolutism.
  5. The permitting factor for the court's moral absolutism.
  6. Conclusion.

In the history of the theatre, tragedies have always existed as a window to human nature. They depict man at his best, ready to sacrifice everything, even his life for the cause. The different types of tragedy include Sophocles's Greek tragedy, Shakespearean romantic tragedy, and modern tragedy. Each tragedy has its own specific guidelines. In some cases, an article or essay is written to list these guidelines. For example, Aristotle wrote The Poetics, an article that outlines Aristotelian Literary Theory, and the specific guidelines for a Greek tragedy. Another such case is Tragedy and the Modern Man, by Arthur Miller. In the essay, Miller lists the qualities and requirements for a play to be modern tragedy. One such is a play, written by Miller and based on the Salem Witch Trials, The Crucible by name.

[...] After accepting the monstrous contradiction occurs. The judge of the case, who has sworn to find and uphold justice says, accept no depositions? (82). Danforth is preventing justice from being dispensed. And no one says a word. No one but Proctor. Throughout the hypocrisy, Proctor stands out, like a beacon, by trying to find authenticity and integrity. When cornered by Abigail, Proctor tells her to no Abby. That [his affair] is done with? (21). When Abby continues to press him, John says, it [his affair] out of mind? (21). [...]


[...] It also shows that John is looking within himself, and as Adam says he cannot ?justify a proud sacrifice or a false heroism? (72). When Proctor refuses to sign a confession, he says, see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs? (133). John was then sentenced to die by hanging. Adam articulates that this was the only way for John to gain his integrity. [...]


[...] In the end, this guilt John to confess to his sin with Abigail. When she pretends that she his being attacked, and consequently calls to heaven, John seizes Abby and screams, do you call heaven! Whore!? (101). He continues to scream, is a whore!? and then John, guilt-stricken and blinded by anger as he is, confesses to his affair. John tells the court, have known in an effort to stop Abigail and to save innocent lives, so they do not die for his sin. [...]

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