My honesty is broke, Elizabeth; I am no good man. Nothing’s spoiled by giving them this lie that were not rotten long before” (Miller 1352). He is ultimately giving up his confession even though he knows it is not the right thing to do. A previous break to Proctor’s Christianity beliefs is when he commits adultery; however, instead of standing up for himself he gives into the court’s desire. When John Proctor confesses, his actions prove a huge weakness John Proctor has.
John Proctor did not want his name blackened by his scandal with Abigail. This hindered him from confessing to adultery with Abigail, which might halt the trial. At last in his confession to witchcraft, Proctor cried: “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies!
Situational irony is created in the text through Proctor reciting “ thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image… You have said that twice, sir… Adultery, John”(Miller.II.12.). This is an example of Situational Irony because the only commandment Proctor couldn’t remember is the one he broke. Proctor’s inability to remember his commandments causes the community to question his faithfulness to his religion and in return creates conflict later in the trials when people question his judgment and accuse him of witchcraft. Dramatic irony is created in the text through Danforth asking “Why did you dismiss Abigail Williams?”, and Elizabeth responding “She - dissatisfied me”(Miller.III.18.). This is an example of Dramatic Irony because the reader already knows that John has confessed to adultery, but Elizabeth doesn't so she lies in hopes of protecting his reputation.
Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on my feet of them that have given you my soul; leave me my name!" This quotation is a perfect representation of how he is longing to keep the goodness of his name. He would rather take death then for these liars to take his name.
Lady Macbeth and Curley’s Wife are portrayed as victims in some parts of the play and the novel, respectively. Lady Macbeth is shown as a victim of guilt; whilst Curley’s Wife is shown as a victim of physical abuse from Curley. E Lady Macbeth is shown as a victim when the guilt of killing Duncan finally takes its toll on her health. She starts having nightmares as she tries to remove blood from her hands saying “Out, out damned spot out I say” (Poel, 2013). Curley’s wife is shown as a victim in the novel, at the point when Curley goes to accuse Slim of talking to his wife, and at this point Slim says “it seems like she can’t stay away from the men”.
You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!” (Miller 1244) Even before we know a lot about Abigail we find out that she resorted to “devil work” to try and get rid of John Proctor’s wife. She is still in love with Proctor to a point of destroying her and anyone who gets in her way. Another quote is by Abigail herself that says, “Why, look at my leg. I’ve holes all over from their damned needles and pins. The jab your wife gave me’s not healed yet, y’know….
Just because you’re a part of society doesn’t mean that society accepts you. In “Wakefield” and “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne and “Bartleby the Scrivener” by Herman Melville, the main characters are all set apart from s the Dead Letter Office” Bartleby has had the life sucked out of him (Melville 41). Society because of their strange ideas and actions. The protagonists are all freaks because they don’t fit into societal norms. Everybody has to come from somewhere.
Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name! (133) His utterance defends himself as a man of integrity turning away from the chaos called Salem. Integrity finds itself in John Proctor and not in the witchery that has gripped
As he did believe that witches existed, he did not want to accept that they were in Salem. He could not accept it because he could tell that the girls were lying about everything. “I know not what I have said, I may have said it. I have wondered if there be witches in the world although I cannot believe they come among us now.” (Act II, Pg.1279). Because of the intolerance it leads him to take a stand for what he thought was right.
Grandison ends up proving that his devotion isn’t to his master but to his family and there freedom. Also when reading “The Passing of Grandison” there are many other prime examples of Chesnutt’s use of irony throughout the story for example “He was a youth about 22, intelligent, handsome and amiable, but extremely indolent, in a graceful and gentlemanly way;” This is an example of verbal irony because Chesnutt made the speaker in the story, to intend that is character was lazy and couldn’t be bothered with anything. Another example would be on page 237, “[Dick] did not even scold Grandison; how could he, indeed, find fault with one who sensibly recognized his true place in the economy of civilization...” This quotes strikes me as fairly