Arthur Miller was born on October 17, 1915 in Harlem, New York and died February 10,
2005 in Roxbury, Connecticut. He was an American play writer who wrote many plays. One of those plays in particular was The Crucible. This story provides a dramatized view of the Salem witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts in the late 1600s. Arthur Miller creates characters that help the reader connect with the conflicts during this period. John Proctor is one of these main characters. His belief in respect and reputation in one’s name is more important than life itself and becomes a central theme throughout the play.
John Proctor’s adultery with Abigail is what continues the drama that eventually leads to his death in the play:
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Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” (Miller 211)
The court advises that John would be able to save himself if he signed the confession acknowledging his use of witchcraft for all to see. His honor and his dignity for what he believed to be his respect for his family name kept him from signing the document which led to his death.
How can his children hold their head high if their father signs a document that lessens their family name? He states that he has given his “soul” by admitting to performing witchcraft because he knows it is a lie in itself, but if he were to sign his name to it, it will always be remembered. It will forever be documented and can never be changed. They can keep his soul, but not the name that will be passed down for generations to come. This belief in reputation and name further supports the universal theme of John Proctor’s belief in reputation in one’s name is more important than life itself.
The story of John Proctor reinforces the value that one can have in their family name
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Additionally the Puritans believe in an afterlife that decides the man he would be. If he confessed to being a witch he would be a man to go to hell for lying, though if he were honest, he would be a man to continue in an abundant heaven. These views of character in a family’s patriarch were inevitably passed down throughout a family. This implies that if John’s name were ruined for being a liar, so was the entire Proctor name; his sons would maturate and live in a community that looked down on them for their father’s mistake. John understands this and tells the council “Because it is my name!
The Crucible was written by Arthur Miller, in the 1950. The story setting begins in a small town called Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Two of the characters that played important roles in this story were John Proctor and Elizabeth Proctor. These two characters were a married couple who lived on the outskirts of Salem, Massachusetts. John Proctor displayed himself as an honest hard working man, who had only one secret.
“How many I live without my name. I have given you you my soul; leave me my name.” This means that John has already said he committed his crime and his family should not be discriminated for his mistakes. John Proctor is a middle aged man that works on a farm. He is married to Elizabeth Proctor.
The Crucible There is no greater fall, than a fall off a pedestal. In the play, “The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller, the protagonist John Proctor endures many struggles and as a consequence had many mistakes. Unluckily for John he was placed on a pedestal, he was viewed in the town as a religious figure. Although, through his closeted flaws he fell from his grace, that downfall eventually led to his execution.
Proctor is a well respected upperclassman and him sacrificing his life led to his family living a greater life. To the court with great emotion proctor states “ Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” (143).
Arthur Miller based his play, The Crucible, on Salem Witch Trials, a real case that happened in the deeply religious New England region during the 1690s. The fear-of-witches is one of the most important elements that affects the characters’ actions and changes their minds due to the contentious time period that the play is set in. John Proctor is the main character in this play. His personality changes totally from the beginning to the end. Through the play, he goes from a selfish person who betrays his wife to someone who truly wants to make everything become normal and not violate his conscience.
The Crucible Argumentative Essay John Proctor should have risked taking a stand against a system that was against his beliefs. In the past, people have sacrificed themselves for what they believed in. As seen in The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor defies the court, and it results in his execution. John Proctor should have risked taking the stand, because he maintained his reputation as a good man and role model.
Proctor even told them he is not something to be used to help them, “you will not use me” (4, 699). Proctor will not allow the town to use his name to save themselves for killing all the innocent people before him. Proctor even pleads with them, “I have given you my soul; leave me my name” (4, 730). Proctor is saying how the integrity he has is only left in his name since his soul has been sinned.
It Proctor values his reputation, albeit in a positive way (unlike characters such as Abigail) when he says"Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name?
John Proctor's main flaw was his excessive pride which sealed his fate. I myself felt his death transformed Salem’s ways of thinking and increased their own knowledge. Proctor's life completely started going downhill when Abigail accused John’s loved ones who then were sent to jail, or executed. John Proctor was a man of goodness and pride which cleansed his soul after he suffered a tragic death, and became a symbol of purity and greatness for others to
John Proctor was a man of honor and had a well respected name in the town of Salem. Sadly he died tragically but as a hero. He was hanged because he was accused of doing the devil’s work. He was given the chance to save his life if he admitted on a piece of paper that he was working with the devil but he refused to tell that lie. He wanted his sons to be able to walk the streets without being shunned from the world because they deserved better.
All but one character whose name is john proctor did not fall for the foolery in the town dealing with witchcraft. All throughout the play John Proctor was a versatile character. From the beginning of the play was portrayed tormented for the affair he had with Abigail Williams which he believes his affair with Abigail damaged him in the eyes of god and everyone else in the town. For seven months john was cheating on his wife after while he felt the remorse and came to realize that the affair caused the accusations.
Between one million and nine million Europeans were executed for practicing witchcraft in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. John Proctor was one of them. Justice was important to some, while reputation was important to others. However, honor was important to all men in that time period, especially Proctor. They did not want to live without it.