What he doesn 't know, is that by cheating with Abigail, he partly started the Salem witch madness; John makes Abigail very envious of his wife, and thus, she begins accusing others of dark sorcery and witchcraft. John, at first, is very reluctant to tell everyone the truth about why Abigail and other young girls are accusing his wife and other older women of being witches because he fears it will ruin his good name and reputation. However, after he realizes that the situation has truly gone out of control, he tries to confess his wrongdoing, but is only imprisoned and accused of witchcraft as well.
She starts accusing people that she doesn’t like of practicing witchcraft, including Elizabeth Proctor. Elizabeth Proctor is John Proctor’s wife, and Abigail doesn 't like her because she wants to be with John, who she had an affair with. Abigail thinks that by accusing Elizabeth of witchcraft Elizabeth will be killed and then she can finally be with John. During these witch trials, many other people were accused and blamed for things that they did not do. It was mostly because of Abigail and her friends were lying about innocent people doing witchcraft.
The author, Arthur Miller, displays a theocracy to demonstrate a court's ignorance towards actual facts. A theocracy is a religion based government. Throughout the novel, The Crucible, the religion of the government corrupts decisions that are made in court. If someone was not a part of the church or did not attend every Sunday they were thought to be a witch, or at least dishonorable. Danforth, deputy governor, brought forth the main issue of the whole novel, "A person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between" (Miller 94).
With her confirming the avoided lie from Abigail, John was considered a liar once more because she didn’t tell the truth to the court about John’s affair with Abigail. Elizabeth lying in court set the tone for Act Four when powerful people in Salem fear a rebellion and what hanging Rebeca Nurse, John Proctor and Martha Corey would
Although, John decides to come clean to god, John Proctor confesses to adultery in front of the court, ruining Abigail's plan to expose him for a criminal. John has been filled with guilt ever since Elizabeth Proctor found out about his affair so when her life was at stake, John knew he had no other choice but to turn himself
“I denounce these proceedings I quit this court”. This quote, said by Reverend Hale from The Crucible, Reflects Hales personality. He said it at the end of the court trial when judge Hathorne convicted John Proctor for the crimes of witchcraft. Reverend Hale was angered that the court believed the absurd accusations made by the girls and left the court sickened by the unfair trial. He felt guilty about contributing towards the trials and their outcome.
Fear and Hysteria can cause people to act in ways that they never thought possible. In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the characters Cheever and Mary Warren both act in unusual ways because of fear and hysteria. This is evident in their interactions with others regarding witchcraft. John Proctor realizes how fear is affecting his life and the life of other people in the town. While Mary Warren is being accused of witchcraft he interjects with, “If [Mary Warren] is innocent!
He then demands that Tituba answer his questions regarding her involvement with witchcraft. Mr. and Mrs. Putnam portray their fear of witchcraft in this event by believing that witchcraft exist even though they have no actual proof. In the article, Beware the Loss of Conscience; The Crucible as warning for today, by Judith A. Gerjak explains how as we lose ownership of our conscience there's consequences. This happens when Mrs. and Mr.Putnam portray their fear of witchcraft even though they have no proof. Gerjak comments, “Mass conscience which leads to mass hysteria
Abigail, also, leaves John because he chooses Elizabeth. Proctor has a mindset that he does not have anything left for him, but a name that has lied and has been blackened. The importance of reputation in the society of Salem was majorly important because it led John Proctor to believe his adultery and self-worth blackened his life. His affair was his first step into his own grave because of his unfaithfulness to Elizabeth. Then, his lies pushed him over the edge to make them believe there was no
John Proctor is upset that his name must be posted for all the village to see, because it will tarnish his name. John Proctor’s character is one based on reputation, and guilt. The guilt comes from his affair with Abigail Williams. The reputation aspect comes from when he is accused by Mary Warren of trying to turn her to the Devil. 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.