The Crucible of Doubt A name and its attached reputation are very important. John Proctor, when he is condemned to hang for witchcraft, he decides at one point to make a false confession just to save his life. He confesses in front of the judge and a few witnesses, but when he is asked to sign his name to the testimony. He doesn't want to accept the document, ‘Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life!...
John Proctor was a man who was well-respected and hoped to make better for his wife and his children. John Proctor’s downfall was committing adultery which put him in a place where he hardly couldn’t forgive himself but he wanted forgiveness from his wife. According to Elizabeth, “It come to naught that I should forgive you, if you'll not forgive yourself.”(965). Elizabeth is saying that she will forgive John for what he did but he have to forgive himself before anyone else could forgive him. John Proctor died because he didn’t confess for being a witch and committed adultery so that caused him to be
Likewise, when Elizabeth is brought before Danforth to verify Proctor’s confession, she lies to protect her husband, whom she refers to as a “goodly man,” from suspicion (Miller, 113). The affair may have caused Elizabeth to doubt Proctor but both parties still care deeply for each other and try to protect each other from harm. Even in his last moments, Proctor’s last words- “Show honor now, show a stony heart and sink them with it!”- were directed toward Elizabeth and were full of love and care (Miller, 144). Proctor may have sinned but his regret over his affair with Abigail and the trouble he had brought upon his wife justifies his
Even if John has broken one of the Ten Commandments, God will forgive those who he believes he should forgive, and it would be hard if John did not forgive himself Sedgley 2 first. However, even though Elizabeth has forgiven John, and she does “not judge” he still believes that he is a sinner regardless of Elizabeth’s forgiveness (Miller 167). In act IV, Judge Danforth is convinced that if he receives the confession of John Proctor, he will receive the signatures of many others whom the townspeople believe that are witches. If John were to refuse that he was a witch even though he isn’t one, than he would be hung for being guilty. In act IV, John first hesitates to sign the paper that offers him to live a longer life because if he does sign the paper he would be committing another sin.
He is also honorable because he will not have his name written on the church door. If his name it posted it will only give the people of Salem a bad example. Lastly, with refusing to write his name, Proctor is standing up for the people who were wrongly
As the trial comes to its end John Proctor is faced with two choices, make a fake confession and be free but ruin his name and others, or be hanged under his good name. John is prompted to sign a confession for his life, he proceeds to sign it. After a few moments, he decides to rip it half, saying he will not ruin his name. This was a good choice, in doing this he lives up to his good name. When Proctor does this it makes Elizabeth sad and she starts to cry.
Arthur Dimmesdale from The Scarlet Letter however, set a more destructive path for himself. Although his pride did affect Hester Prynne and his daughter Pearl, It still was more about him torturing himself instead of admitting and confessing to what he did wrong and relieving himself of that guilt and pain. Instead he chose to live with the knowledge that he did all of this because he was so proud of his status in his community as the minister and didn't want to lose that respect everybody had him. The reason he didn’t tell the truth about the adultery was because of this very pride and he admits it.
Wilson truly loved Myrtle, so after her death Wilson goes on a rampage. He thought of himself as a man of God, but after looking at where that got him, he decides that his morality should take a backseat to his vengeance. After feeling as though his religion has failed him. Wilson decides to make Myrtle’s killer pay, believing that by seeking vengeance, he will somehow be able to cope with his tragedy better. Wilson’s social class gave him reason to look to religion for answers and moral values, and as a result of this he was more susceptible to falling hard when tragedy eventually struck.
He also underlines that people have personal motives to accuse other because of their biases. Another example of this is in act III, when Proctor confesses to his act of adultery in order to save his wife from death, “God help me, I lusted and there is a promise in such sweat... My wife is innocent” (102). Proctor is attempting to accuse Abigail of faking all the accusations and affiliations with the devil because he knows that Abigail longs to remove Elizabeth from his life. His admission of adultery conveys his feelings of guilt and extreme love towards his wife Elizabeth.
However, as the play goes on his weaknesses surface. He is slow to act as he tends to over think every action of his and he frequently lashes out against those who have betrayed him. Hamlet is truly a flawed individual that experiences true emotional distress
In the beginning of the play, John is overrun by his guilt that imprisons his mind, yet his society offers him a source of freedom and trust as he is well respected. Then, as the play progresses and the trials become more serious, he finds himself gaining freedom, yet losing freedom. He is losing his mental and emotional freedom where the society around him deprive him of it. Not only does the court condemn many people he thinks are good people, people that he truly cares about; but he also loses hope as explained before. He also loses his physical freedom by being jailed for witchcraft.
Moreover, another important crucible someone had in the story developed from the very beginning all the way to the end. In the beginning of the story before even the trials really began we learned about the adultery of John Proctor. While in the house talking to Elizabeth, they have a conversation about what John has done and how she cannot forgive him, he must forgive himself, “You will not judge me more, Elizabeth” (54-55). He says she forgets and forgives nothing but he will not forgiving himself.
People have to go through a hard crucible situation when someone point finger at them such as jews. It is kind of like nature of human to think about themselves first and protect themselves, but it takes too much courage for a person to stay with what they believe or accept their fault. Arthur Miller’s story which was played in The Crucible had actually happened in a village when people had to go through a difficult life choice in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. For a guilt/adultery, John Proctor faced a terrible persecution, Rebecca Nurse, a honorable woman in the society, who faced a horrible penalty of death; even though Reverend Parris (minister of the Salem) could have saved all the people if he hadn’t cared about his rising reputation so much. Arthur Miller expresses people’s reactions to turmoil in The Crucible: the title effectively captures the struggles the character have to face.
According to founding father Thomas Paine, “Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us” (“Reputation”). Whether individuals readily admit it or not, everyone cares about what others think or say about them to some extent. Though people are constantly told to not take to heart what others believe about them, they still do. In Arthur Miller’s drama, The Crucible, Salem’s society is collapsing and innocent characters are taking action because their reputation is at stake due to the false accusations of involving themselves in witchcraft. These characters live in such fear that if their pride is tarnished they will never recover from it.