"Adversity is the most important factor in shaping character and/or identity." I don’t believe it is the most important, but it is one of them. Can anyone help me make a thesis for this topic? I’m doing an essay on “The Crucible” and how adversity affects John Proctor.
I think what you are trying to say is that John Proctor's true character is revealed through adversity in The Crucible. Prior to the witchcraft hysteria, John Proctor was trapped in a self-perpetuating guilt-ridden life. After his affair with Abigail, John felt shame but couldn't bring himself to admit his wrongdoing to the town,and he felt major internal conflict between the town believing he was an upstanding, moral, Christian man and who he knew himself to be - a man who had sinned. Once the witchcraft hysteria begins, it does seem that John gets his fair share of punishment for this sin, but he also "gets his goodness" as Elizabeth states in the end. The adversity John faces is the crucible that forces him to change. I think the thesis statement, "The adversity John Proctor faces throughout the witchcraft hysteria acts as a crucible, causing major development in his character" would work for what you are trying to prove. Good luck!
(For reference, a crucible can be defined as a difficult test or challenge or a place or situation that forces people to change or make difficult decisions.)