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Alex Yang Bane-5 English IB HL1 25 October 2009 Crucible Analysis Summary: Act IV Act IV, the conclusion to The Crucible , depicts a single theme: Pride. The falsely accused seemingly have accepted their fate knowing that those who contributed to their accusations are burdened by guilt. Some of those burdened by guilt are Hale, Halthorne and Danforth. Hale openly demonstrates his guilt by attempting to convince as many as he can to confess their sins. However, Halthorne and Danforth are more discreet and hesitant in doing so since it would cast doubt upon their judgment and authority. Yet they still continue to attempt to convince Proctor to confess as they realize that Abigail and Mercy has skipped town and doubt their own judgments. Pride and sacrifice often go hand in hand, and at other times they are opposing forces.
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Unformatted text preview: Such an instance was the pressing of Giles Corey in an attempt to force a plea out of him. He refused to say anything more than “More Weight” (Miller 135) as his pride kept him from pleading for a crime he didn’t commit and to a further extent, by not pleading his sons would get his land. Proctor is also led by pride and through further examination he is guided by righteousness. Even though he is convinced to confess, his pride does not allow him to tarnish his good name nor the names of any other individual accused. Thus he ends the transfer of blame, a main cause of the hysteria, and dies willingly for “he has his goodness now” (Miller 145)....
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