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The climax of a play or another narrative work, such as a short story or a novel, can be defined as (1) the turning point at which the conflict begins to resolve itself for better or worse, or as
(2) the final and most exciting event in a series of events.

The climax of The Crucible occurs, according to the first definition, when the court finds John Proctor guilty after he admits that he had been intimate with Abigail Williams.

According to the second definition, the climax occurs when John Proctor decides it is more important to tell the truth than to save his life with a lie. So he tears up his false confession to witchcraft and gives himself over for hanging.
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The tension in the play builds and builds, leading up to the final confrontation between John Proctor and his judges, most notably, the Deputy Governor Danforth. Proctor has made his confession, a lie, stating that he was in league with the devil, so that he might save his own life and go home to his family once again. However, when Danforth demands Proctor’s signature on the written confession, Proctor begins to doubt his decision to…

The tension in the play builds and builds, leading up to the final confrontation between John Proctor and his judges, most notably, the Deputy Governor Danforth. Proctor has made his confession, a lie, stating that he was in league with the devil, so that he might save his own life and go home to his family once again. However, when Danforth demands Proctor’s signature on the written confession, Proctor begins to doubt his decision to lie. Finally, 

His breast heaving, his eyes staring, Proctor tears the paper and crumples it, and he is weeping in fury, but erect.

It is in this moment that the play’s most significant conflict, Proctor’s inner conflict concerning his own goodness, begins to resolve. Reverend Hale yells at him, “Man, you will hang!  You cannot!” to which Proctor replies,

I can. And there’s your first marvel, that I can. You have made your magic now, for now I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs.

Proctor now realizes his own goodness, that he can be redeemed. He may have sinned before now, but that sin hasn’t spoiled his soul, as he once thought. In this moment, when he tears the confession and recognizes his own integrity, we see the play’s climax.

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Think of the climax of a work as the “Point of no return.”  Once the climax occurs, the audience knows how the work will end.  At first, for the audience, it looks like we’re going to get our happy ending; Elizabeth has convinced John to lie and admit that he has been guilty of witchcraft.  We know this lie will save his life, even though we know he feels guilty about lying and ruining his name. Eventually, John can’t take it- he knows his name is more important than living a lie.

Here we have our climax.  Once he rips up his confession, we know how this will end.  He’s guilty in the eyes of the court, and therefore he will hang.

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The climax of a play or another narrative work, such as a short story or a novel, can be defined as (1) the turning point at which the conflict begins to resolve itself for better or worse, or as
(2) the final and most exciting event in a series of events.

The climax of The Crucible occurs, according to the first definition, when the court finds John Proctor guilty after he admits that he had been intimate with Abigail Williams.

According to the second definition, the climax occurs when John Proctor decides it is more important to tell the truth than to save his life with a lie. So he tears up his false confession to witchcraft and gives himself over for hanging.

drahmad1989 | Student

tearing coffession papers by Procter is the climax in the crucible.

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full title  · The Crucible

author  · Arthur Miller

type of work  · Play

genre  · Tragedy, Allegory, Historical Fiction

language  · English

time and place written  · America, early 1950s

date of first publication  · 1953

publisher  · Viking Press

narrator  · The play is occasionally interrupted by an omniscient,
third-person narrator who fills in the background for the characters.

climax  · John Proctor tells the Salem court that he committed
adultery with Abigail Williams.

protagonist  · John Proctor

antagonist  · Abigail Williams

setting (time)  · 1692

setting (place) · Salem, a small town in colonial Massachusetts

point of view · The Crucible is a play, so the audience
and reader are entirely outside the action.

falling action · The events from John Proctor’s attempt to expose Abigail
in Act IV to his decision to die rather than confess at the end
of Act IV.

tense · Present

foreshadowing  · The time frame of the play is extremely compressed,
and the action proceeds so quickly that there is little time for foreshadowing.

tone  · Serious and tragic—the language is almost biblical.

themes  · Intolerance; hysteria; reputation

motifs  · Empowerment; accusation, confession, legal proceedings in general

symbols  · Though the play itself has very few examples of symbolism beyond
typical witchcraft symbols (rats, toads, and bats), the entire play
is meant to be symbolic, with its witch trials standing in for the
anti-Communist “witch-hunts” of the 1950s.


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