What types of conflicts are present in The Crucible?  What types of conflicts are present in the crucible? (Man vs Society, Man vs Man, Man vs self). 

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Man vs. Society: This conflict is most significantly portrayed by John Proctor's decision to challenge the court of Salem after his wife is arrested. John must battle the hysteria surrounding the witch trials by attempting to prove that Abigail and her cohorts are liars. The community and court officials favor Abigail and John attempts to overthrow the court by exposing the most popular citizen in Salem as an immoral liar.

Man vs. Man: This conflict is illustrated by Proctor's battle against the austere, revered Deputy Governor Danforth. In Act Three and Act Four, John faces off against Deputy Governor Danforth and Judge Hathorne as he attempts to challenge their authority. Danforth wields his authority by challenging John and views Proctor as a threat to the stability of court. Although Proctor is sentenced to death, he wins a personal victory by tearing up his confession.

Man vs. Self: This conflict is portrayed in Proctor's difficult decision to publicly confess his infidelity with Abigail and ruin his reputation, as well as his decision to sign his confession. Proctor struggles with the decision to save his life or falsely confess. In the end, Proctor chooses death and dies with integrity. 

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Crucible presents two central conflicts, one an internal conflict (Man vs. self) and the other an external conflict (Man vs Society). 

John Proctor is critical to each conflict in the play. His relationships with Elizabeth and Abigail lead him to a personal conflict which ultimately leads him to a public confession of his affair with Abigail. The confession is the final act and the resolution of Proctor's internal conflict. Posed with the problem of saving his pride or saving his wife from the witch trials. By sacrificing his pride, he chooses to save his wife. 

The external conflict in The Crucible pits John Proctor against the majority of Salem as he attempts to expose the witch trials as a fraudulent enterprise. In doing this, Proctor must stand alone, effectively, against the authorities behind the trials and against many of his neighbors.