In The Crucible, what is one shared conflict that multiple charcters have within themselves?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The most fundamental conflict that characters share in the work is the idea of how the individual can be pitted against society.  This is an internally focused conflict that different characters feel at different points.  Proctor feels this with his desire to remain apart from the chaos, but the growing need to take a stand.  He also feels this when he is forced to confess in front of the court.  Giles Corey feels this when he is compelled to "name names," but refuses to do so.  Elizabeth feels this when she has to testify in front of the court, and does not know whether to lie or tell the truth.  In lying, she capitulates to the community and actually dooms her husband more.  Mary Warren feels this during her testimony when the power of Abigail and the girls overcomes her and forces her to recant all she says.  To an extent, even Tituba endures this struggle between the individual and the community setting in how she is unable to really articulate the ability to stand up for her own sense of identity and must cave into that of the group.  In each situation, there is a conflict of the individual against the larger society and this is felt on an internal level.

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