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In Act 4 of The Crucible, what are some metaphors examples?

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Posted January 3, 2012 at 6:12 AM via web

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In Act 4 of The Crucible, what are some metaphors examples?

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM (Answer #1)

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John Proctor uses a series of metaphors in his final speech. Addressing Hale and Elizabeth, Proctor describes his realization that he is a good person, or at least a good enough person to meaningfully sacrifice his life in favor of honor. 

He says that he sees a "shred of goodness" in himself and extends this comparison to fabric or thread in saying, "maybe not enough to weave a banner with". 

He goes on to advise Elizabeth not to cry. He tells her to harden her heart, to "show a stony heart and sink them with it". 

These are just two examples of metaphor taken from a single speech given by Proctor in the last act of the play. Earlier in this act, Hale uses metaphors and euphemisms to explain the extent of his guilt, using the term "blood" to represent the idea of guilt. 


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