He cared greatly about his family and wife even though Elizabeth was often distant towards him. In the end of the play, Proctor chooses to die rather than sign his confession, ratting out his friends and ruining his good name in the town. He did this to protect the reputation of his children so they won’t have to grow up with a lying father. Lying went against Protctors’ views and that ideal is prevalent throughout the entire play. It is revealed that as soon as he had an affair with Abigail, he confessed to Elizabeth the next day because of the guilt he was carrying around.
The Crucible Reading Logs 1: Thomas Putnam, a landowner in Salem, contributed greatly to the trials. Putnam was one of the first characters to blame witchcraft for his own daughter's sickness, along with the minister's daughter, Betty Parris. Furthermore, Putnam was quick to believe that “hurtful, vengeful, spirits” (Miller, 15) were laying hand on the children. In addition he feels as though there is a “murdering witch” (16) among them. Consequently, in Salem if someone is “hung for a witch” (96) then they must “forfeit their property” (96) which is “the law” (96).
Danforth stated, “You misunderstand, sir; I cannot pardon these when twelve have already been hanged for the same crime. ”(Miller 1156). After he hung twelve people, Danforth thinks that we shouldn’t stop because if they were to stop it, that would say that they were wrong in their judgement. Courageously, they kept it going, thinking that they were right and everyone who opposed them or the girls, were working with the devil. Worried that Hale was wrong, he left and came back, trying to get people to just give in, that living and lying is better than dying.
Corey is frequently a plaintiff in the court, because he has brought dozens of lawsuits, and he stands with Proctor when he is challenging the girls ' accusations. He and Proctor believe that Thomas Putnam is using charges of witchcraft to secure land for his very own benefit. When Corey refuses to name the person who heard Putnam declare these intentions, he does this because he knows that if he tells that “mystery person” will more than likely be accused of witchcraft, just like the others. Corey is then charged with contempt of court, so in attempt to get him to say who it was that overheard, the court then orders him to be weighted with stones to coerce him to admit the name. Which he never did, so therefore he lives no more.
In another quote the grandmother implies that the misfit is a good man by stating, "Yes it's a beautiful day," said the grandmother. "Listen, " she said, "You shouldn't call yourself the misfit because I know you're a good man at heart. I can just look at you and tell" (421). The grandmother doesn't know the misfit from Adam, yet she already gave him a persona that he has to match. Besides the grandmother has already called Red Sammy a good man, and by now it is already apparent that its feigned.
(Miller 77). Proctor shows that just because Abigail is the accuser, doesn’t mean she is innocent and that she is lying so she can gain revenge. Once again, the court ignores all of the reasonable answers that Proctor provides and agrees with Abigail’s theory of witchcraft. After further disagreement with the court, Proctor finally decides to confess his affair with Abigail to prove that she isn’t as innocent as she seems. This action sacrifices Proctor’s good name; which is sacred in the Puritan society.
Most of the characters’ actions and behavior was due to what they thought the community would think of them; this was because of their religious ways. In the very beginning of “The Crucible” Reverend Parris is described as a greedy person who cares about how much he has. So when Parris spotted his niece, Abigail, and his daughter dancing in the forest, he failed to tell anyone what he saw. I believe this was because he was afraid that if the community thought there was witchcraft in his household, he would lose his position as minister of Salem. So when it came up in the court he lied about it
If the accused were hanged for the dishonorable sin of witchcraft, their land would be auctioned off to those who had money, instead of the family of the accused keeping ownership over the land. This is why Giles Corey did not say he had done any witchcraft. He would be pressed to death instead, and his land would stay with his family. The dark force of greed is what lead the townspeople to accuse each other. Most of the accused confessed to the crime of witchcraft out of the fear of being hanged.
Outline: Rev. Hale page numbers are approximant. At the beginning of the play, Hale was a haughty person, who thought of himself as having the power to accuse someone of being a witch, but by the end, he realizes that it has spiraled out of control and he has no power, but is responsible for starting something that kills many innocent people When Proctors and Hale are talking at their house. “Rebecca’s charged! God forbid such a one be charged; she is however mentioned somewhat.” (Miller 64) Giles and Proctor scene in the court where Giles confronts Danforth, and says that his wife Martha is innocent and that she could not be a witch, and Hale comes to Giles defense.
She was a victim of the witch trials after the Putnams accuse her of witchery and she refuses to confess. She represents goodness and strength for the people who chose not to confess and give up their lives. Reverend Hale was summoned to Salem to investigate the “witchcraft” that is supposedly responsible for the younger children's mysterious illnesses. For the first part of the play, he supported there was witchcraft in the town but later he agrees the girls are all lying and he was being manipulated by them. He represents the truth of what is happening and tries to correct the wrongfulness by telling the prisoners to confess and save their lives, even though it would be a lie.
At last, a tragic hero realized his bad and try to fix that into right way. In the book “the crucible” John Proctor said to lawyer and judgement that “Tell them I confessed myself: say Proctor broke his knees and wept like a woman:say what you will, but my name cannot-”(p62). It reflects that he is trying to be honest, and also trying to be a good father to his child and husband to Elizabeth. This is because, if he confess and avoid death, his child cannot inherited anything and Elizabeth lived with suffer because her husband is a witch. But, Proctor doesn’t confess that he is witch, and be honest to his child and wife.
Mary Warren has to explain what the whole spiel with the coma and dancing in the woods was about. John Proctor was the connection between that for when he forced Mary to promise on her life that the dancing was the practice of witchery and to explain it in front of the court. Throughout the story John has hell thrown at him in all directions, but somehow he stays just the brink of insanity only going above that line when Abigail lost in court. John did have an affair with Abigail which he soon confessed about in court.
In The Crucible Arthur Miller shows his theme of how the easier evil or the harder good can affect your life and others around you. Arthur Miller shows this through the example of john proctor signing the confession but then later choosing to stick to what is right and pay for the price for other people’s sins. This affects the people of the town on how anyone can be killed no matter the power and that death isn’t for sport. John Proctor is a well-known name in the town of Salem, and when he confesses to witch craft it doesn’t sit right with him. He comes to realize that “it is my name” and he only gets one during his lifetime.
He expects women to do as he says and mold to the ideas he wants so his life can be easier. Miller writes this dialogue with John to show how his guilt is causing him to be defensive. Schissel explains, “John 's sense of guilt is intended by Miller to act as salve to any emotional injuries given his wife and his own conscience. When his
In the play The Crucible written by Arthur Miller, John Proctor was internally triumphant when he gained respect for himself, primarily due to his mission of personal redemption and his integrity. Overwrought by regret of his actions, John Proctor is driven on a mission to personally prove himself. He realizes the enormous mistake of committing lechery with Abigail, and wants to prove to himself he has a good will. Near the final pages of the play, Proctor was asked if he was accompanied when doing the devil’s work, he responded “I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another. I have no tongue for it” (Miller 141).