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. However, his actions of confessing result in a strength.
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.
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. This is extremely significant because John Proctor chose to keep his dignity by losing his life. The price he would have to pay in his reputation to save his life was ultimately too high foe him and not worth it for a
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).
(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.
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.
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).
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
First of all, the girls, including us, will be damned for working and dealing with the devil. This alone will make the people of Salem have a grotesque view of us and we would almost never be able to redeem our previous image. If we are accused, we either have to say we are guilty and live with our reputation or we deny the charges and get hung for something we did not do. Also, you must ponder on the question, if truth not told, how will it affect your relationship with John Proctor?
Because I lie and sign myself to lies! 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 my name!” (Act IV pg.1333)
By maintaining his individual integrity, John Proctor’s life came to an end. He quotes, “I have given you my soul, please leave me my name.” (Act 4, Page 124), at this point Proctor still wants his name unscathed for personal and religious reasons. He refuses to confess and sign his name to witchcraft in respect of fellow prisoners dying after refusal to confirm dealings with the devil. As the Puritan society of Salem is so fixated and fearful of witchcraft, most individuals were gullible to almost all testimonies made.
Everyone has a name, and some are willing to die to protect it. John Proctor was willing to die to keep his name clean of what he was being accused of. Elizabeth Proctor, or Goody Proctor, knew that her husband was a good man, and she wanted to support his choices. Goody Proctor thought that if she lied about what John had done that it would save his life, but he ended it on his own terms. John and Elizabeth Proctor had three sons and a baby on the way before John went to the noose.
Crucible Essay “She is one foot in Heaven now.” This quote is spoken by Elizabeth Proctor to John Proctor the morning of Rebecca Nurse, Martha Corey, and John Proctor’s hanging, at the beginning of Act Four. Elizabeth Proctor is the wife of John Proctor and is also pregnant. Rebecca Nurse and myself are parallel for three reasons both are dedicated to Christianity, considered to be reasonable, and studied to be very charitable.