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"It is when we have to face our crucible, we find out our true colors are." How it can...

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tonmoysaha | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 2, 2010 at 8:59 AM via web

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"It is when we have to face our crucible, we find out our true colors are."

How it can be related to John and Elizabeth in the book The Crucible?

How this quote can be related with John and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 2, 2010 at 9:04 AM (Answer #1)

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I guess I would say that these are two of the people who are really forced to come to terms with what was really important to them.  In both cases, they found out what their true colors were.

For much of the play, John Proctor feels very bad about himself, largely because of his affair with Abigail.  But, at the end, he is forced to decide what he is really made of.  At that point, he decides that he cares most about the truth and is willing to die for it.

So, both characters face the crucible and find that their true colors are pretty good ones.

Elizabeth is forced to choose between selfish desires (having a husband to support her) and her desire to do what is best for John.  She ends up deciding based on what she thinks is best for him.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 2, 2010 at 11:06 AM (Answer #2)

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The crucible is a vessel which can be heated to significantly high temperatures right? So, if you put things in a crucible and they can withstand the heat or allow the heat to purify their impurities, you know those things can last...  they have power to endure.

Both John and Elizabeth were tested to see if they would change.

Elizabeth was tested as the authorities tried to get her to convince John Proctor to confess. She didn't give in. She didn't let herself become impure for her selfish means.

John, having "his goodness now" found strength in not lying by confessing to be a witch. (HE WASN'T A WITCH) He would not be broken, impurified or burned by the heat.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 2, 2010 at 8:05 PM (Answer #3)

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The statement bears much in the way of John and Elizabeth's relationship as they understand one another in the most honest of ways in the most brutal of times.  The hysteria and panic caused by Abigail's manipulation places the entire town of Salem in a widening gyre of mistrust and paranoia.  It is within this frame where both Elizabeth and John understand more about one another.  It is in this time when John learns to be an extraordinary man and husband, and when Elizabeth understands what it means to stand by someone you love.  For both, these revelations do not happen unless they endure the chaos of Salem for that becomes their crucible.

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