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People put their well being above the surrounding people. Selfish people are always very certain for what they wish for. They are not willing to waste their time in considering the good of others and always find a way to make their life easier. Actions like these are taken in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible where the selfishness of the people in Salem led to the destruction of their community. Humans follow their instinct, and in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, people are too afraid of their truth and because of that, they are constantly putting the guilt on each other instead of assuming their errors. They lie straight to each other’s face to protect their image. Characteristics like that are seen constantly throughout the play.In The Crucible, there is one character that because of her jealousy and selfishness led to the chaos in Salem community. These characteristics are seeing mainly to Abigail. Through the play, each time she gets worse and worse led by the jealousy and selfishness to have John Proctor back. In the beginning of the act one, Parris daughter, Betty is in an unresponsive state after drinking the chicken blood. When everybody leaves the room, Abigail shakes Betty and order her to wake up, Betty says “You did, you did! You drank a charm to kill John Proctor’s wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!” (Miller 19). After the end of her affair with Proctor, Abigail drank the chicken’s blood, so she could kill Elizabeth Proctor and have John back. The fact that she is willing to drink the chicken’s blood to kill Elizabeth demonstrates how selfish she is. She has no remorse to harm others to get what she wants. When Hale asks Abigail if she drank the blood she says she would never sell herself and that she is a good girl. To change the focus of the conversation Abigail says “She made me do it! She made Betty do it!” (Miller 43). Then she pointed at Tituba, Abigail did not want the guilt on her so instead she put the guilt on Tituba. In Abigail’s case, she does not see a problem to blame other people to get what she wants. In the beginning of act four, Danforth and Hathorne go visit reverend Parris at the jail, Parris says “Excellency, I think they be aboard a ship. My daughter tells me how she heard them speaking of ships last week, and tonight I discover my-my strongbox is broke into” (Miller 126). Parris tells Danforth that Abigail and Mercy ran away after robbing him. Once again, Abigail demonstrates her selfishness by stealing her uncle and ran away. Abigail senses that if she stays in Salem the people will turn on her, to not get the blame she decides to escape. She demonstrates her selfishness by leaving the town that she causes so many harms. Through the play, Abigail has demonstrated her selfishness and manipulates skills by causing harm and destruction to people in Salem. Her jealousy let to her selfishness to have John Proctor back and because of that, she was willing to cause harm to everyone to get what she wants. Some people praised for their well being more than anything as it seen in The Crucible. These characteristics pertain primarily to Reverend Parris. Parris is known as a selfish and greedy man. He is more worried about his reputation than his own daughter or niece. He loves being a reverend because of the status and authority he has in the community of Salem. In the beginning of the play, Parris is afraid that if people start to think his daughter and niece practiced witchcraft he will lose his job as minister of Salem. Parris says to Abigail “Abigail, I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff-necked people to me, and now, just now when some good respect is rising for me in the parish, you compromise my very character. I have given you a home, child. I have put clothes on your back—now give me an upright answer. Your name in the town—it is entirely white, is it not?” (Miller 63). He does not care about Abigail, he just wants to make sure that his reputation was not ruined by her. He demonstrates his selfishness by not care what happened in the woods and only being worried about his job. In act one, Proctor brings up how selfish Reverend Parris is. Proctor is annoyed at Parris because of his insistence to have the golden candlestick. Proctor is talking to Hale and he says “It does, sir, it does, and it tells me that a minister may pray to God without he has candlesticks upon the altar (Miller 65). In Proctor’s mind, Parris was supposed to pray without his golden candlestick because him being a reverend he was supposed to pray for God and not being worried about what type of candlesticks should be in the church. This shows Parris selfishness because he wants the gold instead of the normal and cheap candlestick. Parris does not feel any remorse at all, he is only concerned for his own life. Parris does not cry because of the innocent people he unfaired accused, but because Abigail stole his money and now he is poor. Parris says to Danforth “Thirty-one pound is gone. I am penniless” (Miller 126). Parris demonstrates his selfishness by not caring about the innocent people he caused harm but by the money he lost it. Reverend Parris is greed and a selfish man. Through the play, his majority concern was his job, and the fine things that provide to him. He put it his own well-being above his own daughter in order to stay with his job as a minister. He did not care about others, and he was worried to keep his fine life all the time. John Proctor is a good man with a fatal secret as it seen in The Crucible. John had an affair with Abigail, but later he deeply regrets it. He wants to forget that this ever happened, and he is ready to move on. As it seen, he wants his wife, Elizabeth to also forget it, but she is not willing to forget him that soon. When John and Elizabeth are at there house, Elizabeth is acting weird with him, so he says “Spare me! You forget nothin’ and forgive nothin’. Learn charity, woman. I have gone tiptoe in this house all seven months since she is gone. I have not moved from there to there without I think to please you, and still, an everlasting funeral marches round your heart. I cannot speak, but I’m doubted, every moment judged for lies, as though I come into a court when I come into this house!” (Miller 54). Proctor wants his wife to forgive him and move on, but it is hard for Elizabeth to do that. John is being selfish because he just wants his wife to forgive him and even though he is very sorry and regrets deeply, he was not supposed to be mad about it and expect his wife to simply forgive him. John knows that people like Sarah Good and Rebecca Nurse were being accused of witchcraft by Abigail, but he does not do anything about it. In the court, William Good says “it was her bad carriage to me and indeed say I with tears that she is enemy to all good” (Miller). Proctor is afraid to confess his affair with Abigail. This shows his selfishness because he could save people and avoided a lot of chaos in the town, but instead, he keeps quiet about the whole situation. Proctor goes to court and says he hates god. Then he is accused of being a witch by Danforth. Proctor decides to confess that he is a witch, which is something that he is not, but in order to continue alive, he deiced to confess anyway. But then the court says, they will have to put Proctor’s name on the church door. John realizes that “his most prized possession” will be shamed and he rather dies and gets hang them confess and have his name shamed. Proctor says “How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave my name! (Miller 143). He rather dies and saves his name instead of confessing and save his kids. He is being selfish because he rather has his name clean instead of saving his kid. John Proctor’s action was considering selfishness because he decides to choose his honor instead of his family. He decides to avoid and pretend everything was okay in order to not have to deal with the consequences of his actions. The selfishness of people can lead to the worst of every single one. People are willing to cause harm and chaos like is seeing in the crucible. Every situation showed on the play was based on selfishness and manipulation. Actions like that, are mistakes to learn. People put their own well being above the others like is seeing in the play. Selfish people are always very certain for what they wish for and they are willing to cause harm to get what they want.


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