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By Steven Grobowsky

We realize our dilemma goes deeper than shortage of time; it is basically a problem of priorities. We confess, We have left undone those things that ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. Charles E. Hummel. In a time of national dilemma what better way then a good book about over coming a dilemma. "The Crucible" By Arthur Miller does just that you could almost center the word dilemma around Arthurs' character John Proctor. Only Miller could show how dilemmas reveal much about some persons personality or how it affects the lives of all.

The Salem witch trail well there's a dilemma and for Proctor as soon as he got over a dilemma wham bam another one is thrown into to his face. How do you describe John? Well he's a simple man, stay out of his business and he'll stay out of yours. As soon as the girls of Salem get busted of "witchcraft" John faces the first of many new events that would show John as more then anyone would have thought. When Abigail tells Proctor what really was going on in the woods that night, "We were dancin' in the woods last night, and my uncle leaped in on us. She took fright, is all." the right thing for everyone would be for him to tell them all the truth about what happened. If it wasn't for the fact that John himself was no angel: Stopped going to church, and the big thing that makes everything that much more complicated is that Abigail and John who is a married man have had tender moments. Now how can he rat her out without busting himself in an act that would kill his wife's heart and muddy his name. So he does what any man would do, nothing, nothing at all just goes home and leaves it to the towns people. Well so far Mr. Proctor doesn't sound much like a guy I like too out with but this story is only just begun. Not soon after John goes home to his wife, pushing the whole thing out of his mind. Was this the right thing to do for him or for the town or really for anyone involved in this stupid lie this was a dilemma only he could make right and everyone is involved in it is affected in a different way but most their very lives relied upon the truth Proctor knew. So he continues on with his little life next this anyone knows half of the town is a witch and warlock. Then it's like oh maybe I should go in and try to help fix things. Only once John gets to town does he fully understand what's going on and then it's become a power struggle and it's become his work against the new powers in town a.k.a. Abigail who is all of a sudden the queen bee around the town people fall at her feet so what is the words of one man going to do against this new high power was there a point in even trying. Well get the other girls the ones who fallow her and talk to them get her that way, without the people she has no power.

Goody Proctor, how could she be accused of witchcraft sick she has been for all of the winter and bam they call her a witch this will never do once again John must go through a dilemma what to do about his lovely wife, can he save her without condemning himself. Each time a new dilemma presents itself John must adapt and over come it and each time this is done something new is proven about



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