Intolerance as a theme in The CrucibleHow does john Proctor suffer from the intolerance of the people of salem through-out the play? How does this change his character? What key events are prime...

Intolerance as a theme in The Crucible

How does john Proctor suffer from the intolerance of the people of salem through-out the play? How does this change his character? What key events are prime examples of this intolerance- both religious and otherwise?

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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We might say that intolerance takes the form of an enforced uniformity of behavior in the community of Salem. When Proctor attempts to tell the court that he knows Abigail is lying, his character is attacked.

His tendency to miss church and to occassionally work on Sunday makes him subject to a negative character assessment by Parris. 

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John Proctor would have lived a relatively quiet life if it was not for the witch trials. The trials required Proctor to testify and share secrets of his life that he would rather not share, especially his affair. Thus one intolerance resulted in another, and he was caught up in the chaos of the moment.
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What are some specific events that?

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