Who died in The Crucible?

The most important death in The Crucible is John Proctor's because it is also his redemption. Because of Abigail's lies, many characters are accused of practicing witchcraft. Judge Danforth notes that “twelve are already hanged for the same crime,” and Giles Corey is stoned to death.

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Many people die offstage in the play, but perhaps the most important death inThe Crucible is that of John Proctor. His death is also his redemption because he refuses to make a relinquish his honor by falsely confessing.

Because of the manipulative lies that Abigail and the other girls...

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Many people die offstage in the play, but perhaps the most important death in The Crucible is that of John Proctor. His death is also his redemption because he refuses to make a relinquish his honor by falsely confessing.

Because of the manipulative lies that Abigail and the other girls tell, several characters in the play are investigated for practicing witchcraft. Early on, Mary Warren warns Abigail that their lies will hurt people and could lead to people’s deaths. She says,

Abby, we’ve got to tell. Witchery’s a hangin’ error, a hangin’ like they done in Boston two year ago! We must tell the truth, Abby!

However, Abigail will not back down from her lies, despite the lives that are at stake. Later in the play, Judge Danforth notes that “twelve are already hanged" for witchcraft, though he does not name everyone who has died. When he refuses to confess to witchcraft, Giles Corey is crushed to death, and Rebecca Nurse is sentenced to die along with John Proctor. However, the most dramatic death is, as noted, that of John Proctor.

Just before John is scheduled to be hanged, Elizabeth asks to speak with him. John asks his wife for forgiveness and also asks her whether he should falsely confess to witchcraft to save himself. However, when the officials ask him to sign a confession for them to publicize, he refuses tp publicly ruin his good name, even to save his life. The play ends as John leaves to be hanged.

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