“A woman of haughty and fierce carriage, of a nimble wit and active spirit, and a very voluble tongue, more bold than a man” (“People & Ideas: Anne Hutchinson”). This statement is a description of Anne Hutchinson, an outspoken individual from the seventeenth century. Born in England, Anne Hutchison was the daughter of a minister and became well-versed in the Bible. At a young age, she gained important wisdom from others, which she let influence the rest of her life. Regardless of not having an education, Anne became a very bright and opinionated woman.
36). At the start of his journey, he’s confident, but as salem madness starts to slowly consume him, he questions his faith. Instead of siding with the girls and Danford, he believes in the unholy John Proctor. He goes through an impossible battle between his faith in the court and his faith in the truth. He ends up quitting the court and tries to save John Proctor, telling Elizabeth "What profit him to bleed?
However, when she asked by Mr. Proctor to tell the truth about the poppet, she adamantly says that she cannot because she fears the girls will turn on her. When she does have a change of heart and is put in front of the courts, she shows her weak side and you can see her confidence wane. “Mary Warren, very faintly: No, sir. Hathorne, with a gleam of victory: And yet, when people accused of witchery confronted you in court, you would faint, saying their spirits came out of their bodies and choked you - Mary Warren: That were pretense, sir. Danforth: I cannot hear you.
In the beginning, he believes the girls and the accusations they are making, but then he becomes doubtful. He first questions himself when he delivers the news to John Proctor about his wife being mentioned in court. He says, ““God forbid such a one be charged” (64) because Elizabeth was a very honest and uptight woman. He had also just been to Rebecca Nurse’s house to warn her she was accused of witchcraft, which was appalling to some people because of her caring, generous persona. Many innocent seeming people were being accused, and Hale didn’t know whom to trust; he couldn’t trust that he was making the right decisions for these people in
She says John is a good righteous man. She thinks John fancied her and she got mad. Danforth ask if John left her and Elizabeth says again that John is a goodly man and Danforth asks if John has ever committed the crime of lechery and she says no, when john had earlier confessed to what he did. They then take her out of the room and later John will be scheduled to be hanged. Since Elizabeth lied to the court she got herself and John in trouble.
When John Proctor first arrived at court, he had admitted about the lechery committed with Abigail Williams, and how terrible of a person she was. John didn’t care at all about getting in all this trouble, and told the complete truth in order to establish justice. The court was very sceptical about John’s claim, so they had asked to bring Elizabeth into the room and prove John’s statement. Elizabeth was brought into the room and was questioned by Judge Danforth. “Look at me!
His act of defiance resulted in death, but caused the people of Salem to question the court, which prevents any future deaths for suspected witchery. By refusing to lie, John Proctor preserved his name and held up his personal convictions. However, some may say that this was self-serving, because he left his family destitute, and his wife husbandless and his children fatherless. Nevertheless, “How can I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!...Because It is my name!
The truth in his words would remain true for at least a while. Therefore, if they could convince even one of them to make a confession they would stay good in the public’s eye, but the court would continue to accuse and condemn people bringing Salem into even greater rune. The court almost convinced John Proctor to confess because he wanted his life and to be with his wife and see his children grow up, but in the end his morality took control of him and he refused. Rebecca’s refusal to admit to such a lie and the fact that he did not want to be used as proof that the Devil remained alive in Salem gave him the strength to do what he
The court begs John’s wife, “Will you plea his confession?” (202). The only way to prevent uprising in the village was to get John Proctor to confess to witchcraft so he would not be forced to hang. Although the court knows all of this is fraud, they must continue hanging innocent people because of the twelve that were already killed. On the other hand, some may argue that the townspeople could have just confessed, and nobody would’ve had to die. This argument is proven invalid considering the Puritan church damned all liars.
Warren knows Proctor is not a witch, and also knows that Abby accuses Elizabeth Proctor because of personal vengeance, yet when Proctor tries to urge her to tell the truth she shouts, “I cannot! I cannot!” because she knows she will get in trouble for having previously lied in court (125). Mary Warren was not strong enough to tell the truth. She would rather get Proctor in trouble than have to take responsibility and punishment for her own sinful actions. As a result of her cowardly decision Proctor gets thrown in jail and eventually hangs.