In the 'Crucible' can you please explain by encoutering conflict, the characters change, and what unexpected qualities come out of each character.not only in the crucilbe but also how people change...

In the 'Crucible' can you please explain by encoutering conflict, the characters change, and what unexpected qualities come out of each character.

not only in the crucilbe but also how people change through conflict is arised

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In The Crucible, the characters encounter conflict in their community based on false accusations, petty jealousy, and rivalry between neighbors.  The qualities that are brought out  highlight the evil side of human nature.  For example, Abigail Williams accuses Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch to break up the Proctors' marriage.  She wants John Proctor for herself.

Mary Warren, Betty and Ruth, the girls who are caught, along with others, dancing in the woods, turn attention away from their behavior by conjuring false accusations and starting a hysteria that results in the death of several innocent people.

The girls are cruel, indifferent liars, who don't care how they impact the lives of those they accuse.

The Putnams, who are at the heart of the conflict, react with a desire for revenge and expectations of gain.  Mrs. Putnam wants an answer as to why 7 of her babies died, she needs to blame someone for her losses.  Mr. Putnam wants to position himself to acquire the land of anyone accused of witchcraft.

Conflict brought out the worst characteristics of people in The Crucible.  All the dark emotions, fear, hatred, envy, revenge, were brought to the surface and expressed as a result of the conflict that swirled in Salem in 1692. 

The same can be said for conflict in general.  It can bring out the worst characteristics of people, or allow them to truly connect with others.

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The Crucible

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