By telling the truth that they were not witches, the court and townspeople would punish them. The only two options the person who being accused had was lying that they were a witch and then telling the names of others, or telling the truth of not being a witch and die. As a result, John Proctor thinks about telling a lie and confess because there is no point in throwing his life away when he has already committed many sins. “I cannot mount the gibbet like a saint. It is a fraud.
Could it be that she’s spiteful of Mrs. Proctor for dismissing her from her servitude? Or is it because she was in love with John and saw Elizabeth as nothing more than an obstacle in her way? What this jury doesn’t know is that John Proctor swears that he committed lechery on his wife with Ms. Abigail Williams. Abigail never denied this indictment, instead she said, “ If i must answer that, I will leave and I will not come back again!”. She refused to respond to the allegation, if she were innocent of the wrongdoing would she not want to reveal it?
From that quote she broke her streak of honesty because she couldn’t tell if John wanted her to tell the truth, so she lied to court about John not being a lecher. She lied to the court not only to save him but because he couldn’t tell her or show a sign that it was okay to tell the truth. Even though the court was already being lied to they believed her and sent her on her way back to jail after two simple words. “no, sir,” (1148). With her confirming the avoided lie from Abigail, John was considered a liar once more because she didn’t tell the truth to the court about John’s affair with Abigail.
John did tell the truth, about him and Abigail having an affair, to his wife Elizabeth. When Elizabeth suggests “I think you much tell him (Hale), John.” John did not want to tell the truth to Hale of the affair. When John admits to committing adultery to the court, nobody believes him because he waited so long the court thought it was just an attempt to save himself and Elizabeth from the charges they face. If John, Abigail, and Elizabeth would have been honest instead of lying and keeping secrets, many lives could have been saved. They lied for different reasons, Abigail for greed and her own twisted dreams, John and Elizabeth for keep John's name clean.
Mary also had enough influence to “stop” Goody Proctor from being totally accused in court and said “But I never see no sign you ever sent your spirit out to hurt no one, and seeing I do live so closely with you, they dismissed it” (Miller Act II). People with enough sense know this too and fear starts to creep into those wondering if they will be accused or not. The girls and others also knew that once they accused someone, she would either have to confess or deny being a witch and be killed: “Hale: They have confessed it. Proctor: And why not, if they must hang for denyin’ it? There are them that will swear to anything before they’ll hang; have you never thought of that” (Miller)?
Marie Antoinette should not have been executed because of the false image of her, the King’s actions and crimes she did not commit. Marie Antoinette died because of an image so tainted, people just believed all the cruel rumors about her were true. The King’s political and economic choices also aided her death. The court that testified against Antoinette went so far as to create false evidence that was used against
One of the few reasons why Hamlet 's actions were not justified, was his treatment of his mother, Gertrude. Although there is reason for Hamlet to have harsh feelings for her after immediately marrying her dead husband 's brother, Gertrude was not the antagonist. Hamlet 's revenge should have been solely aimed toward Claudius. He instead projected his
. . “ Since people feared witches, they just went with what the accuser said, no questions asked they believed the majority. John Proctor knows that the accusations are not based on truth, but on the witch hunters. Even though he confesses and gives his word he is not
When John Proctor was accused of witchcraft in 1692, he knew that even though the accusations were false and that the women were not in contact with the devil, he had to admit to being a witch to save all those around him. “I have confessed myself” he cried, “is there no good penitence but it be public? God does not need my name nailed upon the church! God sees my name.” (Miller, 1953, Act IV). He knew he could not lie just to save his life, so he chose to tell the truth and that meant he would be crucified.
I confessed that i may Obtain Absolution; but now that falsehood lies heavier at my heart then any other sin”(“Frankenstein” Mary Shelley) In this Medieval time, it seems you are Guilty before Proven Guilty!. Not only are you Guilty but they must not care about anyone's Mental Sanity. If Justine was having mental issues, If she was Sick it was not fair of them to take her statement then. They should Have waited until she was in her right mind. It really seems like they were not going to give her a fair