He argues that his conviction of witchcraft, will serve as a model, for then others to openly declare of their involvement in witchcraft. Throughout the town of Salem, John Proctor almost has a sense of authority over the other townspeople. His lack of religious background allowed him to be easily convicted, as witchcraft could be associated with religion. The phrase, “good instruction of the village,” is almost saying that because of his conviction, it will give the accused a reason to convict to witchcraft too. John Proctor is upset that his name must be posted for all the village to see, because it will tarnish his name.
Fear uses deception to increase prejudice towards the opposing idea. This type of propaganda was used in the play when Abigail, the protagonist of the story threatened the other women when they were opposing to her ideas and accusations. She threatened them by telling them about her history, and what she was capable of. Also, this was used often by the Court themselves. They used fear in order to convince people to confess to witchcraft.
. . “ 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
“He also is willing to stand up against the odds-he knows he’s ‘licked’ before he even begins” (Text 2). Atticus knows he will not be able to win this case even if Tom Robinson is innocent. Unfortunately the town and the jury are corrupt and will not give Tom a fair trial. Almost anyone can see that Atticus Finch defends Tom Robinson to show compassion through the “Golden Rule” and set an example for his children. Atticus is an idealist and knows what is right and what is wrong.
Later when he finds out what she was doing he makes sure people keep it on the down low before rumors start spreading. He doesn't want to ruin his reputation so he says " I am certain there be no element of witchcraft here." Even though he knows that he's lying to protect his name and his position. By using the rhetoric logos, Reverend Parris is able to persuade the audience by using reason. Paris tells the town people that he is sure it's not witchcraft which has made his daughter sick.
Tom begins to change once he witnesses it. His anxiety and guilt about Muff Potter’s fate are clear in the scenes he tries to get Huck to reconsider their vow to secrecy. The decision he finally makes (the decision to tell the courtroom about how the murder really went) is independent by every implication, however. Tom decides to follow his conscience despite his devotion to his loyalty to Huck, his superstition, and his own personal safety. Before the courtroom, Muff Potter tells Tom and Huck “You’ve been mighty good to me boys-better’n anybody else in this town.
Jem believes that Tom Robinson will be found innocent because Atticus has been able to provide reasonable controversy. Tom could not have beaten Mayella because he has no use of his left arm. However, justice is not served in the court trial prejudice and animosity takes the day, and Jem is crushed. When in a courtroom you are innocent until proven however Tom entered this case being considered guilty until being proven guilty because of the discrimination against is skin colour. “Someone had filled our knothole with cement […] “Hidy do, Mr. Nathan,” he said.
Then after being whipped by parris, Tituba decides to say that the devil is doing it and that she saw Goody Osburn with the devil. Then the other girls go along with what Tituba was saying and begin to blame innocent people. This is how the witch trials begin and well as John Proctor 's death will as well. Throughout the whole play these girls fake
This was shown when he said that the courtroom should be colorblind and everyone should have equal chances there. He tried his hardest to defend Tom even though he knew he wouldn’t win because Tom was innocent and deserved to be proven innocent. Atticus also did not let anyone bother him. When Bob Ewell spit on him he just ignored him. Atticus did also have some bad moments like when he realizes the mistake of letting his children end up being attacked by Bob Ewell.
and Atticus are examples of courage in To Kill a Mockingbird, demonstrated by their benevolent acts of kindness and equality, and how they didn’t let what the status quo at the time dictate their opinions. In the beginning, Walter Cunningham did conform to racist beliefs of the town and ignored the evidence that proved Tom's innocence, but he realizes he is wrong, and preaches that Tom be acquitted while he sits on the jury. Atticus is one of the people to sway Walter Cunningham to believe in equality. Atticus convinces him, and other people, to believe in the evidence that all proved Tom's innocence, and through him and Walter a small racist town begins to change little by little. The movement of equality has been going on since before the civil war in the 1860s, today, people would like to say we are equal, but with court cases like Trayvon Martin attracting so much controversy, it shows that society still has a long way to