The Crucible

The Crucible - Pure vs. Tainted Love 9th Grade

The concept of redemptive and destructive love is common in all modes of texts, no matter the location or the time period. This is because love itself is timeless; it is a moving force that pushes people to act, an emotion which can cause both birth and destruction, a concept that evolves and intrigues people, and an emotion that all kinds of people can relate to and feel empathetic for. An example of this would be the modern tragedy The Crucible (1953) by Arthur Miller, who integrated the two concepts seamlessly into a compelling depiction of a destructive and redemptive love during the Salem Witch Trials. This can be noted through the use of characters such as John Proctor, whose destructive love turned him to another woman, Elizabeth Proctor, whose redemptive love turned her husband to the gallows, and Abigail Williams, whose redemptive love turned destructive in the light of Proctors wish to redeem himself to his wife. This sullied love affair became the foundations for the destruction of rationality within the town of Salem, Massachusetts, and what later led to John Proctors redemption through his sacrifice. It is in light of these three characters that this concept truly comes to fruition.

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