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by Arthur Miller

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What are the main conflicts in The Crucible and why?

The main Man vs. Self conflict concerns John Proctor's internal struggle to preserve his reputation or undermine Abigail's authority by exposing his own infidelity. The primary Man vs. Society conflict concerns John Proctor, Giles Corey, and Francis Nurse's struggle against their hysterical, irrational community to prove that the witch trials are corrupt. The main Man (Woman) vs. Man (Woman) conflict is between Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor when Abigail falsely accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft.

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There are numerous conflicts throughout Arthur Miller's classic play The Crucible, which heighten the drama and highlight the themes of hysteria, corruption, and deceit. The primary Man vs. Self conflict is illustrated through John Proctor's internal struggle to save his reputation or challenge the corrupt court and put an end to the witch trials. John Proctor desires to protect his reputation but ultimately admits to adultery in hopes of undermining Abigail's authority. At the end of the play, Proctor once again experiences an internal struggle to sign a false confession or die a martyr. Reverend Hale also experiences a Man vs. Self conflict as he grapples with the decision to support the corrupt court or help the innocent citizens fighting for their lives. Ultimately, Reverend Hale quits the court and attempts to convince the falsely accused citizens to confess in order to live.

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