Goodness and nobility is determined by an individual’s morality and their willingness to follow a virtuous path in their life. It is also determined by the ability of an individual to acknowledge their shortcomings and become more self-aware. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor is a good man as he showcases righteous morals and principles. This is shown, as he ends his affair with Abigail, protects his wife and his friends’ wives, and dies to preserve his integrity and honour. First, John Proctor shows his goodness, by refusing the physical advances of Abigail, who wishes to continue their love affair.
John Proctor is a good man despite anything others may say about him. He displays three very noble qualities throughout the witch trials which are bravery, honesty, and an overall goal to save lives even to the point where he sacrificed his. While many argue John is a bad man because he committed adultery they are entirely mistaken. Just because he had one bad sin gives no right to anybody to call him a bad person when clearly the good side of him is shown more than the bad. John Proctor is a good man who displays the characteristics of a hero and could be seen as one for giving his life for his friends.
John Proctor decides to make a web alternate truth to save himself and his relationships; granted he is to be made a hero with exceptions to his flaws. John being who he is, makes a “rightful” decision to keep his honor while not exposing the truth between himself and Abigail Williams. John proceeds to attempt to save his wife, though claiming her innocence as well as her unborn child. “Do what you will. But let none be your judge.
As the play proceeds, Proctor and Hale find themselves and follow their own moral values. Their devotion to their own code of ethics supersedes their loyalty to the community. In the beginning of the play, Proctor and Hale have contrasting views of the witchcraft occurring in the town. Proctor is skeptical when he first hears of it, “I come to see what mischief your uncle’s brewin’ now.”(22) He says this to Abigail, his former servant whom he had an affair with. Abigail has just informed Proctor as to the witchcraft and Proctor is quick to make a joke of it.
John Proctor takes his opportunity when it comes upon him instantly and puts on a grade “A” act. John Proctor’s name is his most prized possession. It’s strange to say a name can be a possession, but to Proctor that’s what it is, almost a trophy. He blabbers on about and makes subtle hints throughout the text about how it can’t and won’t be tarnished. Proctor says multiple quotes just in act one worrying about Abigail and what she’s saying about him.
He is powerful and influential, constantly part of a scheme or plan. He is not concerned with honesty as he is willing to deceive Hero to win her heart for Claudio, in which Don Pedro asks, “Was’t not to this end that thou began’st to twist so fine a story?” (Shakespeare 1.1.305-6). He works at keeping the peace even when he is accused of stealing Hero for himself; he simply states that the rumors are false. Even when confronted by Leonato, he again says “nay, do not quarrel with us, good old man”(Shakespeare 5.1.55). Don Pedro is loyal to his friends for he leaves the wedding with Claudio and his brother after Hero is accused of being
Examine how and to what end Shakespeare has explored the concept of deception “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” (1.1.11). Deception, deliberately leading someone to believe in something that is not true. The immoral and deceitful actions that one executes, will always come with consequences. Trickery plays a huge role in Shakespeare 's play Macbeth, written in 1606. Main characters such as Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Duncan, Banquo, the witches and Lennox continuously establish the theme of deception throughout the play.
The witches acted as a catalyst in order to speed up Macbeth’s natural ambition (Kemp 94). This idea is reinforced with their own chant of. “Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair” (1.1.1). Though they seem to be evil, they are in reality not capable of committing such vile crimes themselves, so instead, plant the idea in Macbeth’s head. The witches naturally have a relationship with evil, which Shakespeare portrays throughout the
In these readings, the struggle for power brings out the flaws in human nature. Fight for power defines Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In addition, Shakespeare creatively exposes the weaknesses of human beings as the core foundation for this dreadful play. Additionally, Macbeth showcases the negativity in humanity. In the beginning of Act of one, the witches, interpreted as instruments of darkness and ghost, encircle the
Two Heroes Through Time: Proctor, a Tragic Hero and his Comparison to Christ in The Crucible "The change in the hero's fortunes be not from misery to happiness, but on the contrary, from happiness to misery, and the cause of it must not lie in any depravity but in some great error on his part." - Aristotle Human nature has shown to be mostly ignorant but also shows prejudice to those who serve and bring benefit to society. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, John Proctor is a perfect example of a person who comes across as the proverbial Christ figure, someone with a whole lot of characteristics revealed throughout the play. Confronting the evil in Salem, overcoming temptation, but also being persecuted and suffering is what Proctor was known for. 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.
He does this because he is proud of his job and doesn’t want to look like a fool by not believing the girls. He is very proud of his job and will do anything to keep it. Eventually Hale starts to see he made the wrong choice in believing Abigail. He starts to believe John