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by Arthur Miller

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How does Rebecca Nurse from The Crucible show integrity?  

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Rebecca Nurse is depicted as a gentle, morally upright woman, who does not subscribe to the witchcraft hysteria and maintains her integrity throughout the proceedings when she is falsely accused of witchcraft. Similar to John Proctor, Rebecca Nurse demonstrates her integrity by refusing to offer a false confession and becoming a martyr. At the beginning of the play, Rebecca reveals her practical, tolerant nature by insisting that Betty Parris and Ruth Putnam's strange illness is not associated with witchcraft. She tells Ann Putnam,

"I think she’ll wake when she tires of it. A child’s spirit is like a child, you can never catch it by running after it; you must stand still, and, for love, it will soon itself come back" (Miller, 28).

In addition to not conforming by subscribing to the witchcraft hysteria, Rebecca Nurse also demonstrates her integrity by attempting to calm John Proctor when he argues with Reverend Parris. Despite the fact that Reverend Parris is a cold, callous minister,...

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