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The seven deadly sins and The Crucible
Transcript of The seven deadly sins and The Crucible
The Crucible The Seven Deadly Sins
And The Crucible Greed: A selfish and excessive desire for more of something than is needed.
In The Crucible, one of the most selfish characters was Thomas Putnam. He uses his daughter to accuse people whose property he covets. He valued land probably more than he valued his marriage. He was a wealthy man and If the accused people were hung, he was the only one in town with enough money to buy their land.
“If Jacobs hangs for a witch he forfeit up his property-that's law! And there is none but Putnam with 'the coin to buy so great a piece. This man is killing his neighbor for their land”(96).
Another character that is guilty of greed is Reverend Parris. He uses his high social status to get the townspeople to give him things of value that he wants.
"But Parris came, and for twenty week he preachin nothin but golden candlesticks until he had them." (62). Proctor says that when he gets into an argument with Parris. Proctor doesn't even let Parria baptise his last child, because he doesn't want such a greedy man touching his child. Envy: A feeling of discontented or resentful
longing aroused by someone else's possessions
qualities, or luck.
One of the main characters that is guilty of
envy is Abigail. She wants to be with John, and
she is envious of Elizabeth for being with John. This kind of goes along with lust too. Abigail wants John so bad she even would go to the extent of getting Elizabeth killed,
"It is her dearest hope, I know it. There be a thousand names; why does she call mine? There be a certain danger in calling such a name-I am no Goody Good that sleeps in ditches, nor Osburn, drunk and half-witted. She’d dare not call out such a farmer’s wife but there be monstrous profit in it. She thinks to take my place, John."(Act 2 162-168)
Elizabeth knows that Abigail wants her dead so she can be with John.
“You drank a charm to kill John Proctor’s wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!” (I, Pg. 25). Betty Parris yells this when she wakes up. This show the extent that Abigail waswilling to go to to get John. Wrath: extreme anger.
There are a lot of examples of wrath in the play. The won goes into a mass hysteria and everyone starts getting angry with everyone else.
Abigail Williams: “And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parents' heads on the pillow next to mine and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!” (I, Pg. 26).
Abigail says this to the girls. It shows just how evil and angry she can be.
John Proctor: “Oh Elizabeth, your justice would freeze beer! How do you go to Salem when I forbid you? Do you mock me? I’ll whip you if you dare leave this house again” (II, Pg. 61). John is angry with Elizabeth because she is suspicious and untrusting of him.
It isn't hard to get the characters angry with one another. The accusations and questions were enough to set any of them off. Pride: a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct.
John Proctor: “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” (IV. Pg. 144-145)
John was to prideful to sign his name on the confession paper. He had just a little pride remaining and that is what kept him from signing the paper. Although his name was already soiled in the village with lechery he had pride in his name and that led him to make the ultimate decision. Lust: Very strong desire or want for someone
The only example of lust in the play is between
Abigail and John Proctor. They had an affair in the beginning of the play and Abigail still lusts after John throughout the play.
Narrator: “Since Proctor’s entrance, Abigail has stood as though on tiptoe, absorbing his presence, wide eyed” (I, Pg. 27)
This shows that Abigail still had feelings for John.
John Proctor: “Abby, I mat think softly of you from time to time. But I will cut off my arm before I’ll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby.” (I, Pg. 29).
John is resisting the temptation that Abby is bringing forth. He is no longer lusting after her, like she is with him. That is why she is so determined to get rid of Elizabeth.