By talking to Sister James alone, Father Flynn not only broke the rules but also seems suspicious. Father Flynn seems suspicious by talking to Sister James due to him taking time out of his day to go and try to convince her of his innocence. During the conversation between Father Flynn and Sister James, Father Flynn seems to threaten Sister James in a way: “You might lose your place as well” (Shanley 40). Father Flynn goes out of his way to convince Sister James of his innocence, which is very odd behavior considering she is at a lower position than himself. Father Flynn also goes and talks to Sister Aloysius against the
He is unfavourable of his name getting defamed in the town even when he has seen the girls and Tituba attempting to perform witchcraft: Later in the novel when he suggests a stop on the witch hunts to Danforth, he is afraid that if he reveals too much, he would himself get accused of being associated with the devil. Because he is respected solely for his strong belief in the religion he cannot afford to lose his reputation. John Proctor is a key character in the play whose reputation gets overshadowed by the extent of his internal conflicts. While he is a man of firm morals and beliefs, his extra-marital affair is the cause of the sin he has to carry upon himself. In addition to his internal conflict which is his guilt of adultery, the fact that he is forced to reveal his affair in order to prove his wife’s innocence, haunts him.
Lord Capulet is responsible for the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, five dead and his own family in pieces. He is selfish throughout the play and only does what he thinks is best for his family instead of what would actually benefit those around him. Lord Capulet is egotistical and doesn’t think much of others and the way he treats them. In act 3, scene 5, after Juliet told her mother she doesn’t want to marry Paris, Lord Capulet comes in and says to her, “Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch! I tell thee want: get to thee church o’ Thursday, or never after look me in the face.
In the play, The Crucible, Arthur Miller portrays John Proctor, the protagonist, as a tragic hero who has a major flaw—lust for Abigail, his house servant. For fear of being exiled in a town where reputation is highly upheld, Proctor initially tries to hide his crime of adultery, but this affair triggers a major series of events in Salem, where unproven accusations lead to internal struggle and eventually to catastrophe. John Proctor illustrious attitude for himself and the truths to be told within the play. Such truths could have helped the conflict from ever occurring. John Proctor decides to make a web alternate truth to save himself and his relationships; granted he is to be made a hero with exceptions to his flaws.
In The Crucible, Arthur Miller shapes Parris’s character as a very selfish person, and everything he did was to keep his good reputation in the village and to get rid of anyone against him, which drives him mad. In the book, Parris is describing as a selfish person. For example, “Abigail, I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff-necked people to me, and now, just now when some good respect is rising for me in the parish, you compromise my very character. I have given you a home, child. I have put clothes upon your back—now give me an upright answer.
Bearing in mind the facts about her distressing childhood life, her love for John and terror for her life it is possible to deduce that it was the fault of Abigail for the tragedy to occur in the town of the Salem. Her deceitfulness almost makes her impractical because she practices witchcraft in order to win back her lover, Proctor, she laid false evidence of witchcraft in Elizabeth’s home with a hope to direct her to the scaffolds and she persuades young women to dance in the woods which was an illegal act. The writer progresses from sightseeing the unconscious to exploring the unconditioned and raw responses that go deeper than basic desires and ambitions, particularly when challenged with ones’ mortality. A deduction can also be made that the more Abigail Williams learnt how to use her interim capabilities to upset the townspeople, the more she appreciated the power she had. Abigail Williams collects the information necessary to style the position of supremacy for herself.
Reverend Parris is very greedy and repeatedly demonstrates selfish behavior throughout the play. Parris thinks only to protect his good reputation and keep his position as minister in the town of Salem. In the beginning of the play, Parris’s daughter, Betty, was sick in her bed; instead of being worried about his daughter, Parris’s main concern was what people would think about the chance of witchcraft in his house. At the end of the play, Parris expresses his selfishness for his name again when he asks Danforth to postpone the hangings; for the night before he found a dagger in his front door and is afraid that if honorable citizens like John Proctor and Rebecca Nurse are hanged, the town citizens will rebel against him. Reverend Parris works for a good name because of prideful and selfish reasons.
Innocence is featured as a concern in the Salem trials because Abigail Williams was seen as an innocent victim of witchcraft. On the other hand, she was able to use this to accuse others of witchcraft to further her own agendas. This questions the supposed innocence of members of society. Arthur Miller wrote the novel to criticize McCarthyism. Miller does this by connecting the fictionalized drama based on a real life situation to another situation,
Hecate is a part of the plan to harm Macbeth, but Hecate wanted to harm Macbeth even worse than the three witches. When the three witches met Hecate it appears that the three witches wanted to harm Macbeth. “ ]Hecate[ Have I not reason, beldams as you are, Saucy and overbold How did you dare To trade and traffic with Macbeth In riddles and affairs of death …” (William Shakespeare, page 106) Hecate declaring that the witches has just wracked her enjoyment of seeing Macbeth suffering and enduring pain. Hecate is saying that the witches are helping Macbeth, but the witches are not cause they planted the seed of ambition in his head. Meanwhile Lady Macbeth hates seeing her husband plummeting in troubles.
She also questions the witches as to why she was not called to take part in plotting the downfall of Macbeth, evident by her statement; “To trade and traffic … Or show the glory of our art?” The words “trade” and “traffic” (of riddles and affairs of death) highlight the fact that Hecate and the weird sisters are not new to spouting prophecies, spreading evil, and destroying noble men, and have probably been the cause of the downfall of men like Macbeth. Throughout the
Parris blames others to divert attention away from himself. He worries that if the townspeople learn that his daughter and niece have fiddled with witchcraft, his position as pastor could be expelled. Yet at the same time, in the beginning of the play, because Parris placed the title witch on the heads of even the most pious members of his community, he converts into an overly insecure character. All in all, Parris horrors the loss of his job, others finding fault in him, and