When they wanted John to lie and say he was a witch and to accuse other people of being witches he wouldn’t do it because he wouldn’t lie to the court to the people of his town and to god. Even though he messed up and committed a sin he still believed he should do the right thing by his faith, so he refused to lie and died because of it. When he was being led to be hanged Hale was telling Elizabeth to tell him to confess, she stated, “He have his goodness now, god forbid I take it from him!” (Miller 1167). She knows that he was trying to make up for all of the mistakes that he made in the past by staying steadfast to his faith in the hardest of times. He may not have been the perfect christian but he was strong in his faith when it
The Salem witch trials were a time period when any individual could be accused of witchcraft for numerous reasons. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller focuses on the deviation of the trials and how the town’s most religious and honest members of the community are tried with witchcraft. John Proctor, the town’s most honest man, is accused of being a witch and must decide if he should confess or not. Proctor’s confession will cease the town from rebelling and uphold the reputations of Deputy Governor Danforth and Reverend Parris. Hale also wishes for Proctor’s confession so he does not have to feel responsible if Proctor were to be hanged for his witchcraft accusations.
He knows if he postpones the hangings people will start to suspect the truth about witchcraft. He decides to allow the hangings. Danforth would rather see innocent people die than lose his credibility which proves Danforth is a selfish human being. Even though he has a high social status, he is a coward and a
Throughout the story, the reader can conclude that Austin’s reasoning behind the characters constant misunderstanding of the truth is that when choosing what to believe as the truth, one instinctively involves emotions and sentiments which would be misleading in the path of accessing the truth. In Pride and Prejudice, Jane is the simplest example of the falsehood of finding the truth through feelings and emotions. Her extremely sentimental character disables her from believing the actual truth because her emotions tell her otherwise. Her simple and naïve personality is a major factor in her choice to believe sweet lies rather than the bitter truth. Jane continuously refuses to accept the truth and instead chooses to believe lies she creates.
By forcing an individual to conform, they stifle any chance of thriving outside of the machine. John Proctor is forced to choose between his society and his morals; in the end, he chooses to take a stand against the church. He may have been hung, but his death means something more. His execution, along with many others, forces the people of Salem to wake up. It forces them to realize what they are doing is wrong.
Criticisms on The Crucible The drama The Crucible by Arthur Miller tells a story of lies and deceptions. It does a semi-comedic recap of the Salem Witch Trials that happened during colonial times. One critic, John Gassner, states that Miller is “the most ‘constructive’ of recent American playwrights, but has struggled manfully to create a theatre of positive values.” Gassner uses The Crucible to point out these struggles stating that it is a “heroic example” (Gassner). Another critic, Philip Hope-Wallace, claims that The Crucible was very highly esteemed in New York and America, but everywhere else in the world it was not. He claimed it to be “melodramatically ‘moving.’” and compared it the Shaw’s work about witch hunts, claiming that the scenes from Shaw’s work were “so human, wise and balanced that it cleave[d] the heart” (Hope-Wallace).
The quote “All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter” proves that he will be King, however they do not mention how it happens, or what events must occur in order for their prediction to come true. By zooming into the word “king”, we can see that their predictions are very general, and not specific in terms of detail. In a way, the witches are deceiving Macbeth as they do not tell him how he becomes King, or what problems he faces along the way, and this means that he is
However, when looking at the reasoning behind such events is where the true answers and mystery lye. What is interesting to many historians is the juxtaposition of the entire situation as a completely irrational event takes place, which such precision and analytic apparatus. The fundamental lifestyle of Puritan society are what led to the trials, men needed a way to suppress and ensure that women would maintain their current place in society and not try to step out of line. The trials enabled men to enforce their authority and power by instilling fear in women so that they would no longer be a threat because of fear of being accused of being a witch. However,
A piece of evidence also used with the case was Jessie Misskelley's confession. Jessie’s confession is widely considered invalid because the methodology utilized to obtain the confession violated many police procedures. This confession can be compared to the Judges interrogating suspects, because the Judges widely wanted the outcome of guilty to be brought upon the accused. A sad aspect of the two situations is that both
Fearing a witch could hurt them anything different than the “norm” would be considered suspicious. John Proctor is an example of this individualism. Although not a perfect human, I consider him one of the most righteous in the whole story. He was aware of what was happening in Salem and feared not to say his opinion. “Why do you never wonder if Parris be innocent, or Abigail?