This quotation shows that John admits to his affair, which will ruin his reputation, but will hopefully save Elizabeth and his friends wives. Not only is John honest with the court, but he is also honest with Elizabeth, before the trials. In the article “Why Be Honest”, the author talks about why it is important to be honest with your spouse even they don’t want to hear it. Lickerman states, “Or is better to make a habit of being tactfully honest so she can trust you…” (Lickerman par. 7).
Finally in act 4, Proctor is asked by the court to confess of having contact with the devil and avoid being hanging and a possible rebellion against the court and they used Elizabeth to convince him but she only tell him that he has the last word, first Proctor decided that he wanted to confess and keep his life, but when he was ready to confess Rebecca, another innocent accused of witchcraft, appeared and said what was happening, said “Oh, John-God send his mercy on you!”(Miller 140) and when she is asked to confess “it is a lie, how may I damn myself? (Miller 140).This event provoked that John had second thoughts, and he confess and sign the deposition but he kept it arguing “I have three children-how may teach them to walk like a men in the world, and I sold my friends?”(Miller 143), and also explain that court already have his word and “I cannot have another life” and “leave me my name”(Miller 143), and he finally ends his fight for keeping his reputation and name clean and do what is right even though if that includes being
Elizabeth thinks that Abigail wants to kill her for John because Abigail wants to take her place as his wife. Elizabeth’s loyalty and sympathy are portrayed when she attempts to save her husband’s reputation by lying about his affair. She also proves her loyalty to Proctor, telling a lie to try and protect him although this sadly makes things worse for him. She was determined in what she believed. Elizabeth stated this about witchcraft to Hale “ I cannot think the Devil may own a women’s soul, Mr. Hale, when she keeps an upright way, as I have.
Even though John Proctor betrays Elizabeth by having an affair, Elizabeth remains loyal to her husband. Her loyalty shows in Act Three when John is asked if his wife is honest and responds, “In her life sir, she will never lie.”. Although Elizabeth is an honest woman, she then lies in court for the sake of her husband’s fate. Her dishonesty results in her husband’s death despite that being the opposite of her intentions. Elizabeth shows that she will do anything for her husband as a loyal wife even going against her own morals.
She has an arrow in you yet, John Proctor, and you know it well!” Her husband was arrested for having an affair with Abigail but she thought lieing was the best option, she went from an honest women to a lying women. Her husband was hung because of this thoughtless act. Elizabeth wasn’t hung because of witchcraft because she was
At that point in time Mary Warren and John Proctor both tried to prove Abigail Williams and the other girls of faking it until, act 4 when she backstabbed John Proctor and made her own claim that John Proctor was satan.”You’re the devil’s man.” (Miller 110). Mary knows what Abigail was always a threat and being on her side was an advantage, John Proctor was foolish for thinking Mary would keep her word and tell on the girls. He out of all people should know how powerful Abigail
John gets up the courage to confessing that he had dealings with the devil even though he knows and everyone else knows that it is not true. By confessing and throwing away his selfishness to save the people who are about to hang he proves himself to be the play's protagonist. This is one of John's bigger moments. He put his life in danger to save the people he cares about. John Proctor has proven himself through all these ways that he is the lead role, hero and protagonist of The Crucible.
Elizabeth has been praised for her honesty and morality all along but now has been exposed in court. Is she two faced or does she posses a pretense? To everyone, besides the judges, it is evident she only sought to protect Proctor’s name and reputation. She values her commitment to her husband over honesty. She thought ruining his reputation would be the worst thing to happen to him, so she lied to the court, but boy was she wrong.
The most notable martyr, though, is John Proctor. Throughout The Crucible we witness Proctor’s personality and character change for the better because he chooses to follow his core beliefs. Proctor is put in a very difficult situation. He is accused of practicing witchcraft, and though the evidence given was false, he has to choose one of two options- admit to practicing witchcraft or fight for his beliefs and keep his reputation from being tainted. Proctor chooses the second option as he believes that is right thing to do.
Abigail blames different people but she also blames John Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth. Abigail goes to Proctor and begs for him back and also confesses to the accusations being false. Many people start going to court and confess to signing their souls over to the devil. Proctor, to save his wife’s life, tells the truth but the court does not believe him and he is hung. The Crucible does a great job in showing the prejudice and hypocrisy in real life events.
As the play moves forward, Proctor tries to protect his wife and tell the truth that the girls are lying. Proctor knows that Elizabeth is innocent. Act III is the time where Proctor is put into a difficult position that he must face. He must confess in order to save his wife, and in order for him to do that he must confess he had an affair with Abigail. We see that Proctor is able to confess to the court, but the judges still believe in the girls hysteria.
John Proctor denied to forget his sincerity in acknowledging his denial to deliver his life. Although he is sentenced to death and dies, he still sticks up for a trial of character, and succeeds. This piece of writing also works in an theocracy. Sworn in the name of God, both men and women, were charged and condemned of rehearsing witchcraft. In our civilization, people are not put on trial for similar conditions, but Puritans considered that witchcraft was an immorality opposing God and condemned by death.