Why does he think Danforth and Hathorne will believe his confession? Why don’t they believe him? He hopes to save Elizabeth by confessing his lechery and to expose Abigail. He thinks Danforth and Hathorne will believe him because he has a high reputation in the community. They do not believe him because his wife did not validate his words.
John Proctor illustrates that he is an ethical man because he highlights the fact that young girls, children, are controlling Salem purely with their words. Proctor 's ethical attributes are conveyed when he realizes that the group of accusers may be pretending to be afflicted, “I’ll tell you what’s walking Salem – vengeance is walking Salem. We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!” (73) which causes other to question his credibility. He also speaks this to emphasize the problem that everyone assumes that the accusers, children, are innocent. He also underlines that people have personal motives to accuse other because of their biases.
I believe that John Proctor grows tired of the accusations, as to why he speaks of his false involvement with Satan in front of the town. Specifically, Deputy Danforth uses John Proctor as an example for conviction as he is certain he will be able to turn others
When he won't sign the court document of his confession, he tries to convince the men of the court to not let the paper get out, which means that the reputation of his family would be tarnished with the confession of wizardry. Also, when Reverend Hale first shows up at his house, his excuse for not going to church is because he doesn't like Parris, and he hides the fact that he cheated on Elizabeth,and he maybe was feeling guilty. Throughout Miller’s The Crucible, many Salemites are accused of being witches and wizards, which causes the accused to become defensive. Parris becomes defensive of his ministyr and its reputaion. Abigail Williams, the catalyst for the trials lies to protect her “white name” in Salem.
If someone is thought to be a witch, they must confess on the spot, or they are hanged. There might be little evidence to prove this claim, but group members will not rationalize any of their assumptions; they claim they are defeating the devil and helping God. This is an example of rationalization. In the dispute between gay people and supporters and anti-gay, straight individuals rationalization is made in both groups. The groupthink article states,“ Group members rationalize any resistance to the assumptions they have made no matter how strongly the evidence may contradict their basic assumptions, members behave so as to reinforce those assumptions continually.” Telling people they deserve to die is justifiable because the bible says, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death.” Physically harming and verbally harming other American’s is okay because of personal views.
This quote is another example of an ad hominem attack. Proctor goes to court with Mary Warren to try to plead for Elizabeth’s innocence. Parris fears that Proctor will upset the trials which are giving a lot of power to himself and his church. Parris wants to do anything he can to make Proctor’s testimony less believable, so he uses an ad hominem attack. He attacks Proctor, saying that Proctor has come to overthrow the court, which is entirely unrelated to Proctor’s
Though The Crucible is an allegory for McCarthyism, it focuses some of its attention on the question what is more important, your honor and reputation or your life? This is a question that John Proctor has to answer in his final act of The Crucible. Was refusing to give up his name an act of excessive pride or an act of honor. Proctor wasn’t a witch, but he wasn’t a saint either due to his sin of adultery. What gets John Proctor accused was his inappropriate relationship with his then servant Abigail Williams.
Parris is afraid of what others might think of him and avoids facing the congregation in order to evade the topic of witchcraft. He expresses this in a conversation with Thomas Putnam, by saying, “ I know that you-you least of all, Thomas, would ever wish so disastrous charge laid upon me. We cannot leap to witchcraft. They will howl me out of Salem for such corruption in my house”(13). With this, Arthur Miller shows how caring too much about reputation can turn people into cowards.
The goodness and honesty of a person is revealed when he or she faces a crucible. In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, a strict Puritan town by the name of Salem is overpowered by the lies and deceit of supposed witchcraft. Everyone is subject to affiliation with the Devil and no one is safe from allegation. Two righteous men – John Proctor and Reverend Hale – compliment and contrast each other in their search to uncover the truth. As the play proceeds, Proctor and Hale find themselves and follow their own moral values.
What if individuals accept the worse and when offered something better, they believe they don’t deserve it? George’s character is somewhat insinuating this because of his abilities he deserved to be handicapped, and if he does something out of the way he needs more punishment. I chose George because I believed that he depicted what was wrong with the society and how that we let higher ranking people tell us what we deserve. George is a smart individual, and knows that his government is wrong, yet does nothing. In some cases aren’t all individuals