"It is the encounter with conflict that brings out either courage or cowardice in a character"What are some examples i can use from both the Crucible and other real life situations?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that this statement is so very true in the play.  As previously mentioned, John Proctor would be an example of the courage element, as would Giles Corey and Elizabeth Proctor.  These individuals did not surrender to the harrowing elements that conflict brought to Salem.  They rose above it, and stood for transcendent values that might have brought danger to them, but refused to sacrifice their own values for convenience.  At the same time, the cowardice was evident in those who remained silent, who failed to speak out in defense of others or those who falsely implicated others.  Miller evokes a setting where emotional chaos and conflict brings out the very best and the very worst in Salem.  In the end, individuals, readers, must decide with whom they see themselves.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is something of a cliche, but I suppose that does not mean it is not true.

In this play, the encounter with conflict makes John Proctor become a much better person who is more honest with himself and more certain of his values.  By contrast, it makes the true colors of people like Danforth and Parris show, and the colors are not good ones.

In real life, you can argue that the events of 9/11 brought out the true character of Pres. Bush.  His response to this conflict really showed who he was.