John Proctor is upset that his name must be posted for all the village to see, because it will tarnish his name. John Proctor’s character is one based on reputation, and guilt. The guilt comes from his affair with Abigail Williams. The reputation aspect comes from when he is accused by Mary Warren of trying to turn her to the Devil. I believe that John Proctor grows tired of the accusations, as to why he speaks of his false involvement with Satan in front of the town.
John Proctor defies the church by forgetting the adultery commandment, a major sin that is punishable by death. This causes tension between him and Judge Danforth who believes Proctor is guilty of adultery because of his affair with Abigail Williams. Danforth begins to conceive that Salem citizens can not only carry out sins and break away from the church, but from the government as well. This is perceived as a personal fear, but it’s the actions Danforth carries out that makes the fear spread among the community. He questions those who are convicted, and punishes them without a proper trial.
They were jealous and always suspected that the other people were trying to take things that were not theirs. The witch hunt could only escalate as it did because the people of Salem did not trust each other in the beginning and it just kept on getting worse because they made false accusations. If we talk about an unstable community, we of course have to talk about its people. No one is innocent, many of them are not trustworthy. Two characters in the play take it to an extreme.
Procter than tears the paper and knows he basically has crumbled his life. Hale puts his word in “Man,you cannot! you will hang!” (Line 293). Proctor fights the argument and says he can as his name will not be ruined due to the horrible job done by the court. As Hale deals with demonic arts and works with exorcisms he knows that these trials are false and that the village will deny to avoid hanging there is a lot of lives that are depending on Hales investigation.
In both The Crucible and Twelve Angry Men the theme of fragility of justice is shown. Fair justice does not exist, when your life is put on the line because of accusations or because of your supposed actions, your faith is not decided by you, but by the decisions of others. Fragility of justice is the most evident theme in The Crucible and Twelve angry men because the faith of others is decided solely by a jury, with no consent to the accused. In the crucible fragility of justice is showed when Abigail Williams starts accusing people of being associated with the devil. One accusation spiraled into a countless number of people being accused.
The court was so fearful of the devil and of witches that they killed many people without any real evidence. John Proctor was accused of witchcraft; he had a chance to save his life but knew it was not the right thing to do. In order to save his family and clean his conscience, Proctor accepted his fate and chose to be
My honesty is broke, Elizabeth; I am no good man. Nothing’s spoiled by giving them this lie that were not rotten long before” (Miller 1352). He is ultimately giving up his confession even though he knows it is not the right thing to do. A previous break to Proctor’s Christianity beliefs is when he commits adultery; however, instead of standing up for himself he gives into the court’s desire. When John Proctor confesses, his actions prove a huge weakness John Proctor has.
John Proctor the star of the show is under the most pressure in my opinion. John proctor is under pressure to confess and sign his testimony, but he unlike most others in the story stands his ground. He refused to sign his name because it would be an insult to himself and to his faith if he admitted to something he didn't do just to spare his life. Pressure can also make you
“I denounce these proceedings I quit this court”. This quote, said by Reverend Hale from The Crucible, Reflects Hales personality. He said it at the end of the court trial when judge Hathorne convicted John Proctor for the crimes of witchcraft. Reverend Hale was angered that the court believed the absurd accusations made by the girls and left the court sickened by the unfair trial. He felt guilty about contributing towards the trials and their outcome.
This did not go unnoticed by Anne, and she strived to reinstate her power, but to no avail. Her allies were slowly dwindling, and even Henry began to see their marriage as unholy. After Catherine 's death, he sought out to rid himself of Anne as well. while he could have taken several approaches, he instead chose to destroy her image in a way that would also call for her execution. With the help of some of his advisors, Henry successfully accused Anne of a large variety offenses, the largest being adultery and witchcraft.