Goodness Essay

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In the image of goodness in terms of society and/or personal actions and beliefs, people would probably want to believe what they want to believe, not let society choose who they should think is good and who is bad. In the book “The Crucible”, Arthur Miller demonstrates not only how people not only take what they believe in and use it to conduct their actions, but also, how it affects society all over the world. I,too would believe in my own personal beliefs or actions.
In the book “The Crucible” , Arthur Miller explains this conflict between goodness and evil between society and it's people. The setting takes place in the late 1600's and the early 1700's in a little town in Salem, ...view middle of the document...

But John Proctor was the main reason why the town still lived, and it was because of his own personal beliefs and actions. John Proctor was just a regular old farmer who worked the farms of the town of Salem, and he had a family to take care of, which included his wife, Elizabeth Proctor and his two sons. One example of this was during Act III of “The Crucible”, when John Proctor had admitted that he had committed the crime of adultery, the town had arrested him, and tried to get him to confess it to the whole town, but John had believed that he already confessed, and he just wanted his name to be good to himself. This showed that even though John was a little bit self-serving about his name, he still cared about the people around him. This action and many others committed by different people showed goodness in their individual beliefs and actions, and proved to be better than decisions made by society.
Another character who had goodness inside of themselves was Reverend Beverly Hale. He was a simple judge who had been famous for proving people to be innocent in many different cases, and when he came to Salem, he thought at first that this witchcraft was some sort of joke, and he thought that it had been ruining the whole town of it's faith in God. But, as the rumors of witchcraft had spread throughout the whole town, he had started to believe in it more and more, until he had been talking with John Proctor and his wife. Reverend Hale throughout the story had mostly been communicating with the Proctors, trying to figure out of this witchcraft was real or fake, and they told him that it was fake, that the people accused of this magic are making this up. And, once it got to the point that John Proctor gets arrested for his crimes, Reverend Hale just took to John Proctor's side more and more, until John Proctor was executed. In this story “The Crucible”, Hale had been one of the strong characters who had shown his goodness to the people of the town, and he influenced a lot of people to try and help John Proctor, but in the end, he failed to have accomplished his mission. In addition to Reverend Hale, many other characters had supported to delay the executions and do good deeds to try and bring back the town. So, as more and more individuals make their own beliefs and actions for the...

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